Wax Motif is about to put you up on game with his trap-infused house anthem, “Hard Street,” a triple threat collaboration alongside ALRT and Nessly. Back with another certified weapon from his long awaited debut artist album, the Divided Souls head honcho is mobbing deep on the LP’s long-awaited title track.
A three-way junction between the extremely versatile rave sensation ALRT and Atlanta’s homebred rapper Nessly, “Hard Street” meets at the intersection where the worlds of hip-hop and house converge. Sitting neatly between speed house and trap, the cross-pollinated cut has already racked up some serious mileage as a not-so-secret ID in both producers’ sets in the past year. On it, Nessly spits facts about the lavish, albeit precarious, lifestyle spent operating outside of the law. His flashy streetwise flows hit different than the stereotypical rap monologue, taking the ubiquitous 808 lean to a whole new level with the help of a high-octane drive that only house can provide. Suspenseful orchestral strings and rubber-burning basslines carry the bulk of the track on their back, swerving around auto-tuned ad-libs and a gang of sample fills to keep the intensity firing on all cylinders. With “Hard Street,” Wax Motif, ALRT and Nessly provide a literal interpretation of the term “trap house,” and we are here for it.
In case the theme wasn’t already obvious by now, Wax Motif has carried his own weight as a shapeshifting producer. Currently holding it down in the City of Angels, the Aussie transplant is always at the ready to cull from his eclectic preferences for bass line, rap, disco, house, R&B, and beyond. Some of those sonic inspirations have already taken shape in the breadcrumb of tracks he’s been leaving in the lead up to his album, from the fast-paced lifestyle he touched upon via the Jaxon Rose-assisted “Thrills” to the festival-filler “Need You” alongside the bass house hounds Phlegmatic Dogs.
With these three formidable forces sharing a starving appetite for change and self-improvement, “Hard Street” was destined to be a windy road that no other combination of artists could come close to crossing. Serving up the titular offering from his album, Wax has officially set the pace for the rest of the album, so now it’s on you to try and keep up.
Wax Motif, ALRT, & Nessly – Hard Street
Danny Chien doesn’t believe in hype. Better known as Wax Motif, he’s regarded as a major orchestrator in the G-House sound. However, Chien isn’t content on producing the same sound. He’s ready for more challenging work.
With musical influences like R&B, disco and UK bass, the Australian-born producer brings an unique style to the studio, which makes him a highly sought-after producer. Chien released tracks Diplo’s Mad Decent, A-Trak’s Fool’s Gold, and Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Records as well as a host of remixes for the likes of YG, Kid Ink, Chromeo, Deadmau5 and Warren G’. His work on Destructo’s album on Interscope includes the likes of Ty Dolla Sign, YG, Freddie Gibbs, Problem and Kurupt.
If you’re looking for new music from the producer who counts Diplo, Major Lazer, A-Trak, RL Grime, GTA, Oliver Heldens, Jauz, Knife Party, Tommy Trash and more as fans, fret not. Chien is currently working on new music to be released later this year.
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