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Buku releases ‘Grey Matter’ EP via WAKAAN

by Nicholas Lorenzo
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After an early release of “Right Here” in June, Buku unveils two new tracks for highly anticipated Grey Matter EP, released through WAKAAN.

Buku releases Grey Matter, his third three-track EP with WAKAAN. following What You See and Scorched Earth in 2020. This otherworldly EP from the Pittsburgh native and music technology graduate begins the descent into his sonic realm with “My Eyes.” Buku invites the listener into the underground acid rave atmosphere with wobbly bass waves, pulsating synths, mechanical sound design, and distorted vocals. “Axon” continues the exhilarating journey with rampant drum patterns emerging through the atmosphere while laser-like synths and tribalistic chants float ethereally in the stereo field. “Right Here,” which was released as a single this past June, ties the the wobbly dubstep vibes with Buku’s early infatuation with percussive elements. Buku enables the intrinsic details and precise sound design in this EP to flourish in each track.

Regarding his Grey Matter EP, Buku says:

“I’ve been infatuated with the audio and visual stylings of the old school acid rave world. I found myself utilizing breakbeats, 303 acid inspired synths, long rolling buildups, and a variety of drop timbres in my track ‘My Eyes’ and the Grey Matter EP as a whole. Strobe lights are recommended with this EP.”

Grey Matter serves as another success for the experimental artist and his diverse discography. For our fellow Stage Hoppers, Buku will take the stage at Nocturnal Wonderland, Lost Lands, Webster Hall NYC, and many more cities as a member of PEEKABOO’s Black Hole Tour.

Grey Matter EP by Buku was released on Tuesday, September 21st, via WAKAAN.

More about Buku

From the track record of Robert Balotsky’s work as Buku, it’s clear that the Pittsburgh native and graduate of Music Technology is a well-equipped architect of twisted, layered soundscapes. With a menacing grasp on sound design and music theory, Buku combines deceptively simple and emotive melodies, laden with resounding low-end and intricate drum patterns. With a love of drums rooting from childhood, his work reflects his passion – emitting percussive elements only a trained ear could produce.

Buku’s debut EP release, ‘Janky’, sent a shotgun blast into the Bass Music scene – quickly gaining support and full rotation by Diplo, who described Balotsky’s production style as ‘where dubstep is going’ at the brink of 2013. Following his break into the genre, the producer has been championed by a variety of curators, including Bassnectar, Pete Tong & Zane Lowe, as well as garnering the support of his peers for collaborations with the likes of Paper Diamond, G. Jones, in addition to being tapped for remix duties for Minnesota, Griz, Nick Catchdubs, Brillz & Tropkillaz.

With a strong support from the industry, Buku has seen releases on OWSLA’s NEST HQ, UKF’s Pilot Records, as well as features on Fool’s Gold, Main Course & Mad Decent. The producer’s latest single, ‘Front To Back’, has further solidified his stance in the scene – going viral in only a few weeks upon release, quickly climbing Spotify’s “Global Viral 50” chart to hold the #3 spot, as well as holding a #1 rank on Hype Machine throughout late 2016.

As a result of his consistent output, Buku has quickly placed himself at the forefront of rising talent amongst North American producers – an impressive track record only further supported by his latest EP, ‘No Dramas’, released through the dominant Dutch dance music purveyor, Spinnin’ Records. With more releases slated for the new year, a non-stop touring schedule made up of domestic and international markets, as well as a packed festival season, and continued support from top labels & industry heavyweights, 2017 will surely see Buku’s continued upwards trajectory.

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