ON REPEAT: AWE – “Crystals”

AWE - "Crystals"

ON REPEAT is a new feature at Chickens Don’t Clap! that draws special attention to my favorite, faaaavorite tracks. It’s all love here, but these jams are the cream of the crop in my world right now.

Young Los Angeles producer AWE has been compiling notable accolades since his debut EPĀ Eagle Soul dropped on Terrorhythm last May. Though that release dipped a little too far into the hardstyle-trap set for my tastes, it remains an impressive collection of massive, genre-blending tracks that run the gamut from ice cold festival bro-bangers to warm, melody-driven vibe-out anthems.

More recently, AWE’s following has been losing its collective shit over his latest offering, “Crystals”, ever since Plastician premiered the track on his Rinse FM show last year. It’s been a long wait for its release in this Internet-defined epoch, but this bit of triumphant future-bass wizardry finally arrived in full 320kbps non-radio rip form this week. “Crystals” unquestionably finds AWE at his most Rustie; the builds, drops, breakdowns, layers of excellent melodies, serious low-end grooves, and then that lead synth that rides in at 4:17? Jeeeeeeez. It’s over.

It might’ve been best to strike when the iron was hottest, but this track is killer enough that AWE should find himself with legions of new fans. As an added bonus, we now also get Djemba Djemba‘s hyped up chipmunk-Jpop DnB remix as a companion piece. Well worth the wait, I’d say.

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