Following in the footsteps of fellow beatsmith Flying Lotus, Weizhi broadens his scope and delivers another diverse track with “Trappersdream” – falling somewhere between Downtempo, Hip-hop and slow-burning Trap. Here the 20 year old producer form London on extends his signature subdued sound in the most surprising but logical way possible: by blending all his influences into one. By avoiding instantaneous explosions of fake euphoria, and offering instead an organic buildup with no real resolution, Weizhi also stays true to the essence of what makes Downtempo so likeable. So though fairly minimal in sound, he has brought a lot of underlying themes to the table.
Weizhi shows he has a keen eye for detail – every drum pattern, synth lead or bass loop is tweaked to aural perfection – and the dude knows how to actually distill precious life into the track. Another clear point of reference is his futuristic hip-hop drum template mixed with the nostalgic sounds of the harp.
It’s those feats that set Weizhi alongside the already fierce competition. Though different to his previous releases in aural attitude, “Trappersdream” is at the core still very much indebted to the sound of his early material and doesn’t hold any drastic changes per se. But that’s just how evolution works: one little step at a time. And look where it brought him.
So just let time decide where this young producer will go next. Returning to “Trappersdream” as a snapshot of Weizhi’s continuing journey, it’s both very forward thinking and staying true to tradition; restless but comfortable, lighthearted and deep. And it’s quite possibly the best thing he has released so far.
Looking through his catalog, Weizhi reshapes and re-contextualizes his sound. Most of this is done through subtraction on this latest release, and it’s a good thing. “Trappersdream” isn’t defined by its lush swooning strings or its knotting guitar lines, instead Weizhi tends to simmer instead of scale, and the hypnotic groove that this song creates is the result.
The minimalism and eclecticism of “Trappersdream”, let’s say, compared to the “Fuck You”, isn’t exactly polarizing, but it is the kind of artistic decision that has the potential to make or break records.
For some acts, stripping away the elements only brings light to the shaky foundation that the music is built on, while for others it reinforces what makes their music so compelling in the first place. For Weizhi, it’s the latter, and with “Trappersdream”, he’s made the perfunctory feel necessary again.