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Wajatta - Don't Let Get You Down

  by Zena Grieg

published: 10 / 4 / 2020

Wajatta - Don't Let Get You Down
Label: Brainfeeder
Format: CD


Imaginative urban electronica/hip-hop on superb second album from German/Austrian duo Wajatta

Wajatta, the musical duo of Reggie Watts (beat-boxer/comedian/musician) and John Tejada (electronic music artist/DJ/producer)), have just released their second album ‘'Don’t Let Get You Down’. Following on from their 2018 debut album, ‘Casual High Technology’, this new album by the two musicians, German-born Watts and Austrian-born Tejada, who grew up with similar musical influences, continues to draw on their love of urban electronic music. Wajatta (the name is a combination of their surnames) describe their work as "electronic dance music with its roots in Detroit techno, Chicago house, ‘70s funk and New York hip hop." A highlight of this latest collection is the title track ‘Don’t Let Get You Down’, (with a deliberately open-ended lyric, the omitted "it" in the refrain never identified). Now released as a single, with its pulsating synths and optimistic message offering listeners reassurance in a chaotic, divisive time, this track is, in the words of Watts, "the poppiest song we’ve ever done." ‘Marmite' is also a stand-out track with its classic house vibe. Key to Wajatta's work is the aim to keep their recording sessions as spontaneous as possible - as Watts says, "to capture the freshness." This is what clearly distinguishes ‘Don’t Let Get You Down’ for the album crackles with fresh ideas captured at the moment of inspiration.

Track Listing:-
1 Renegades
2 Little Man
3 Don't Let Get You Down
4 Realize
5 Tonight
6 138
7 January
8 Marmite
9 Depth Has a Focus
10 Another Sun
11 All I Need Is You

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