“The hot, rising star of the mau5trap set” – Billboard
Isabelle Rezazadeh, the mysterious artist behind the REZZ moniker, today offers up her hotly awaited debut album Mass Manipulation via the mau5rap imprint.
“‘Mass Manipulation’ is a commentary on how easily our minds can become manipulated by the things we consume in society. We consume heavily through the media, which, in turn, tries to curate our thoughts and dictate how we as humans are supposed to live and behave. This album plays off this idea and invites people to become hypnotized, allowing their brains to be manipulated by my music in the hope they might see things through a new perspective (perhaps an outer world viewpoint). One where everyone is free from the unrealistic expectations planet earth has drawn for them. A world of acceptance and hypnosis. @_@”
A study in hypnosis, influence and the mesmeric nature of music experience, this opus is an astonishing first offering from someone who only opened Ableton three years ago. In that short time, she has already garnered considerable support from the likes of Billboard, Mixmag and Dancing Astronaut (who named her their ‘Breakout Artist of 2016’), and has played coveted slots at festivals including Ultra, EDC and Bonnaroo. With a sound that has been likened to French superstars Gesaffelstein and Justice, REZZ has broken through the underground, landing with both feet firmly on the international stage.
Having spent years studying psychology and music production at home in Niagara Falls, ‘Mass Manipulation’ is the product of many happy accidents. Through experimenting with heavy bass samples and unusual melodies, and collaborating with emergent producers 13, Knodis and Kotek, REZZ found she had eight powerful tracks she wanted to share.
The eerie speech at the start of ‘Relax’ seduces the listener into an intensely sinister but altogether alluring state of inertia as we prepare to enter this truly mind-altering body of work. With the powerful kicks of ‘Diluted Brains’, the menacing, bass-driven ‘Premonition’, and the exotic flourishes in ‘Drugs!’, REZZ infiltrates the minds of her listeners.
‘Synaesthesia’ expounds on the dub-heavy sounds heard in the previous track, a theme that is, through the heavy, subdivided beats in ‘Livid’ and ‘Green Gusher’, manipulated slowly to bring the soundscape more within the grasps of experimental techno.
With ‘Ascension’, the listener is brought rudely back to consciousness; this track is the amalgamation of everything that’s come before it, yet strangely distorted and warped, reflecting the transitional nature of hypnosis.
In support of this release, REZZ is embarking on a world tour: tickets are selling out fast and many dates have been added, so be sure to buy yours now, and stay up-to-date with all future announcements via her socials.
REZZ Tour Dates
Sep 2 – New York, NY – Electric Zoo
Sep 3 – El Paso, TX – Sun City Music Festival
Sep 7 – Mumbai, IN – Road to Ultra India
Sep 8 – Dehli, IN – Road to Ultra India
Sep 14 – Bali, ID – Ultra Beach
Sep 16 – Hong Kong, HK – Road to Ultra Hong Kong
Sep 18 – Tokyo, JP – Ultra Japan
Sep 28 – New Orleans, LA – Republic
Sep 29 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
Oct 1 – Thornville, OH – Lost Lands
Oct 7 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
Oct 11 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
Oct 12 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
Oct 13 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Hall
Oct 14 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall – SOLD OUT
Oct 15 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
Oct 19 – Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Live
Oct 20 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
Oct 21 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO – SOLD OUT
Oct 22 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO
Oct 26 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair
Oct 28 – Houston, TX – Something Wicked
Oct 31 – Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
Nov 2 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West (Early Show)
Nov 2 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West (Late Show) – SOLD OUT
Nov 4 – Oklahoma City, OK – OKC Farmers Public Market
Nov 17 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre
Nov 18 – Chandler, AZ – Goldrush
Nov 22 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
Dec 7 – London, UK
Dec 8 – Budapest, HU – A38
Dec 9 – Rennes, FR – Trans Musicales Festival
Dec 30 – Gisborne, NZ
Dec 31 – Perth, AU – Origin NYE
Jan 1 – Brisbane, AU
Jan 4 – Adelaide, AU