Oakland via Miami artist Matthew Michael Ahern Hettich, who makes beats as Wake, has a pretty specific vision for his music: “Wake hopes to transport listeners to a cloud city in the sky, one full of beach parties, robot lovers, and inhuman music,” Hettich says. What the talented producer doesn’t mention is that there’s a threat of rain on the horizon in his creeping melodies. “Bye Bye Baby,” an ensnaring new track from his Oakland Blackouts EP, carries that sense of dread as wispy 808s build to snaky strings and a sputtering bass line. You get the feeling that something terrible is about to happen as Hettich amps up the 808s, two-thirds into the song, but it’s difficult not to sway on. “It’s peaceful feelings next to confusion and chaos,” Hettich adds, “Late night hand-holding music.” Perhaps so, because “Bye Bye Baby” could just about spook you into cuddling.
Oakland Blackouts arrives July 31 on Proximal Records.
Wake - Bye Bye Baby