Haywyre Returns With 'Two Fold Pt. 2'
Following up a debut EP as stellar as 2014's Two Fold Pt. 1 is a daunting task, but somehow Haywyre did so with gusto with the sequel. Coming fresh off of an international tour with Zedd, Haywyre has fully cemented himself among the best of the best producers with this release that will definitely lead to many more to come.
Opening things off with back to back tracks "I Am Me" and "I Am You," these two songs showcase what we love best about his style; supremely funky rhythms, next-level sound design, and a heart & soul that a lot of producers just can't seem to replicate. Listen to the authenticity of the vocoder tracks, it has that same warmth that Big Boi was able to achieve on his hit "Shutterbug," by electing hardware and synths over software and virtual instruments.
It's difficult to pinpoint any one genre to describe his music (and really, who cares?), but debut single "Do You Don't You" is an awesome exploration into the house music world. Deeply bass-driven and upbeat, it's a track that follows an atypical song structure and chord progression, making it a refreshing taste in a scene that can be so overcrowded with cookie-cutter club tracks.
While this album on a whole takes big steps ahead from his last effort, closing track “Endlessly” gives us a taste of a similar style from Pt. 1 that absolutely destroys. It's a near onslaught of keyboard arpeggios and saw waves that sounds like a vision of what r’n’b and funk will sound like one day in the future. Slowly melting into an arresting piano arrangement, it's a beautiful end to a beautiful record.
One of the main arguments that critics of electronic music have is that it isn't "real" music because nobody is "playing" any instruments. Watching any number of in-studio performance videos of Haywyre absolutely shredding it on the keys should shut any of those haters up. His tracks have a certain warmth to them that a lot of dance floor fillers are simply lacking, and we hope that he keeps up his streak of creativity and talents for a long, long time to come.