Lao Wai drops his ‘Platonic’ EP on Context Audio
Context Audio proudly welcome Lao Wai for his debut release on the label, with his ‘Platonic’ EP.
Producing on and off for the last decade, Lao Wai, born William Burtonwood, recently moved back to his native Manchester after living in China and Italy for the last 7 years. During his time in China, Will would be referred to as ‘lao wai’ meaning ‘foreigner’ in Mandarin, on a daily basis. As such, it seemed like a fitting pseudonym for his productions. Lao Wai has slowly but surely carved himself a niche in Drum & Bass with a unique production style that is at all parts detailed, powerful and wonderfully unconventional.
Having already made a stir with releases on the likes of Lifestyle, Delta9 and Addictive Behaviour Lao Wai’s ‘Platonic’ EP comes through with two fresh tracks that simultaneously cements him as an artist and pushes the boundaries of his style along with a ruthless remix by another of Drum & Bass’ rising stars; Sustance.
Our premiere is ‘Platonic’, the EP’s namesake, which is equal parts dark and light and powered by a low slung industrial feel that’s deadly in the right hands. Expertly made, constantly evolving and deeply edgy, it’s a must-have DJ weapon.
‘Let Go’, track two, is much more delicate. Resplendent with a detuned, haunting vocal, it’s not far reminiscent of some of those early Ivy Lab tracks and it is, in a word, stunning.
For the final track, the indomitable Sustance has stepped up for remix duties, switching ‘Let Go’ up into a precision-engineered weapon that’s already been causing carnage on dancefloors. Big, bad and very clever, it’s utter filth.
Check out ‘Platonic’ below and be sure to grab a copy of the EP from here