As a follow up to Night Lights, his first Good Street release in 2019, Wissota has channelled his own personal experiences of 2020 into Stay Safe. A strong mix of Footwork rhythms, lush ambient pads and home recorded sounds, the minimal feel is one that can resonate with us all - a slowdown of life with an underlying relentless rhythm just yearning to break feel.
As said by Wissota himself... 'During a break in my job from the Covid-19 quarantine I wanted to write a new EP that's calming and brings a sense of safety and security in the crazy times we're in. A large point of transition in my life, my job ended, and I decided to take the opportunity to adventure to the pacific northwest. This EP seeks to capture the emotions I was feeling at this point in time. They are all pretty personal.'
'Good Morning' plays with randomization over a heavily syncopated beat, pulling into a four-on-the-floor driving groove. 'Hum' uses recorded voices chopped up with samples of things found in a room, such as a shot glass, cookie tin, salt shaker, knife and spoon for percussion. This is mixed with recordings of Wissota's own claps and snaps, layered with drum machines. 'Distances' uses a lo-fi recording of a cobble beach in Oregon. Listen closely and you can hear Wissota's friend yell his name over the waves, just before the hats kick in. Full of lush meditative pads that break into a massive 80's bass synthwave feel at 160.
'Follow' boasts huge powerful synths balanced with the sounds of nature. It's a track full of hope and rebuilding. 'Max Speed' is the high powered closer, which feels like driving through a city, at night, in the rain. Leading into a massive drop with a live drum kit, layered with piano, strings, trumpet and pads.
Dive into this EP, full of personal sounds, stories and feelings, and experience another's perspective on this strange time for humanity.
released February 22, 2021
Artwork - Erik Dale