Alex and Sebastian of Cazzette sat in their New York City hotel, picking at sushi rolls and chicken wings, while reporters lined up to ask questions before their album release party at Lavo. With Eject only days away from an exclusive release with Spotify, the boys seemed more focused on their groundbreaking social media partnership, while I was focused on the music. Having already listening to the album, I sat down with the duo to get a track-by-track insight of their debut album.
“We worked really hard on getting the album as diverse as possible. We wanted to create an album that one could listen to without getting tired of the “sound,”Alex described when asked about the creative process behind the first installment of Eject. On the subject of where the diversity fits into their comfort zone, the boys replied, “Our comfort zone is pretty wide, we like doing so much different stuff.” This question answered itself – the Cazzette sound cannot be labeled or contained, and that is exactly what has come to fruition on Eject.
Cazzette – Beam Me Up (Kill Mode)
When asked which record is a personal favorite to both Seb and Alex, each half of Cazzette answered “Beam Me Up” without hesitation. The lead track from the album comes with both the radio edit and original mix, featuring the complimentary vocal that was added to what had originally been dubbed “Kill Mode.” An anthemic electro track laced with Cazzette’s twists and turns, “Beam Me Up” has been with the boys for a while and has finally been given its proper release.
“Everything feels right about this track.”
Cazzette – Run For Cover
The second track off Eject proves Cazzette’s infinte range of sounds to be true, as it is something we’ve come to expect from dubstep heavyweights, Knife Party. “We wanted to make something dark,” Seb explained, which justifies it’s resemblence to “Rage Valley.” “The vocal is a sample from an old reggae track we found,” Alex continued, “We made the drop and the breakdown.” The fun track plays out like a roller coaster with ups and downs, and is destined to follow the lead single in terms of popularity.
“It is a classic Cazzette track in the sense of the dubstep break and electro drop”
Cazzette - Hit Da Face
“We wanted to make it anthemy yet funky and we are really happy with result,” that pretty much says it all about the album’s next track. A prime example of what Cazzette has coined ‘dub house,’ “Hit Da Face” is composed of an electro synth build and a drop into funky bass-line. The nu-disco facet of Eject packs their signature punch without darker elements.
“We love the way the vocal comes in right before the drop followed by the funky in your face bass.”
Cazzette – Cream
If “Run For Cover” is the classic Cazzette sound, then “Cream” embodies their newfound energy while still falling under their unique brand of quirkiness. “It’s a different track compared to the rest of the album, it’s pretty happy,” the boys explained. The melody remains throughout the track, delivering relief to the saturation of dubby drops.
“We usually don’t go in this direction with a track – it’s a feel good track.”
Cazzette – The Rat
With easily the catchiest sample that the duo has put to use, “The Rat” takes a plunge back into the hard-hitting sounds that tie together the album. Alex touched upon how the sample plays in with the production. “It goes from a melodic, very nice, epic breakdown, into a very heavy drop with the sample.” After its unique, uplifting build, Cazzette shakes things up and the cut suddenly becomes the album’s heaviest.
“I was first playing around with the melody when I found a sample from Tom & Jerry, then a sample from Leonardo DiCaprio.”
The Bottom Line
Drawing the bottom line on their first Eject release, Cazzette boldly proclaimed, “The same kind of tracks 10 times in a row is never fun so that’s why we decided to mix it up as much as possible.” I heard the guys loud and clear, but it didn’t take our interview to recognize the wide array of sounds that occupy the album’s five productions.