The Toronto-born, Berlin-based producer navigates through a stunning array of underground elements on his new three-tracker.
Weska treks through adrenaline-pumping terrain on his new three-track ‘Meru’ EP, which serves as the second release to surface on the newly minted Factory 93 imprint.
While the name Weska should ring a bell for discerning heads who consider themselves dialed into the undercurrent of forward-thinking techno, what many of them might not know is that the Toronto-born producer has relished in a deep affinity for the great outdoors. Before the now Berlin-based artist started turning the heads of trusted tastemakers from the likes of Adam Beyer, Sven Väth, Wehbba, Bart Skils, and other early adopters of his dark, driving sound, the adventure-seeking Canadian lived his life on the edge with countless excursions spent snowboarding, mountain biking and skating. Much like the beck and call he followed onto the dancefloor, nature has always found a way to capture his fascination. That same wanderlust became a central theme in his debut appearance on Factory 93, with each of its three offerings written during his downtime while traveling through Portugal, the Netherlands and in his own backyard in Germany. ‘Meru’ takes its name from one of the most treacherous mountain climbs in the Himalayas, which should speak volumes about where his head is at, both inside the studio and when he’s roaming through the wilderness.
“Although touring and traveling has been quite difficult in most of the world for the last 15 months, the theme of traveling is heavily embedded in the EP,” says Weska. “The entire EP was created at different times during the pandemic. I wrote ‘Let Me Go’ on a train coming back from the Netherlands in the summer, and ‘Drift’ during the winter months I spent in Portugal. ‘Meru’ I wrote at my home in Berlin, but it is the name of the most difficult mountain to climb in the Himalayas, and a mountain I would love to see someday in person. Because traveling and just being among nature in general is a huge part of my life, it’s heavily intertwined with my music.”
The titular offering ‘Meru’ sets the pace for the EP’s arduous journey. Right from the jump, every step feels purposeful by design, as the progressive-leaning groove moves briskly and intently through the elements with a do-or-die mindset. The jagged lead forges a path down a level 10 trail, rolling relentlessly across hazy atmospherics, pummeling percussive patterns, adrenaline-boosting basslines and airy synths signaling to the last leg of the climactic hike. It’s a thrill-inducing number that gives meaning to the term “peak-time.”
Wedged in the heart of the package is the aptly titled “Drift,” which finds him scaling back on the swift movement to explore deeper territories. A thudding kick and clacking snare combo ease into a cavernous rhythm, with hissing hats, oscillating textures, and reverberating one-shots pulling the movement further into its brooding ebb and flow. Echoing vocalizations and spacious padlines keep the tension caught in its current, culminating into a heady stream of fluidity meant to sweep crowds straight off their feet.
The closing cut “Let Me Go” switches up the stride in a flawless fashion, rounding out the release with an arresting slice of atmospheric breaks. With a heavy-handed nod to ‘90s rave, the lofty creation couples euphoric-fueled progressions with divine drum programming. Sweeping melody shifts and faint vocal chops are suspended in the soul of the mix, underpinned by a circular charm perfect for all hours of the day.
From top to bottom, Weska’s three-track ‘Meru’ EP not only strings you along for an ambitious trip through his dynamic prowess as a hotly tipped underground artist, but also manages to offer up a first-class ticket to the awe-inspiring experiences he’s cherished from his travels around the world.
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