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New Broken Haze: VTEC EP

Broken Haze’s chop-shop bass continues to reveal new layers to itself. The producer’s newest release, the VTEC EP, explores similar right-off-the-production-line sounds as previous releases via the BetaPack collective — opener “NSX” features drill sounds among other garage details, rounded out by tight bass notes and party-starting percussion. Despite the sleek, chrome exterior, Broken Haze continues to hit on absolute kinetic material, with the EP really getting hot with the studder-stepping “Prelude,” turning icy electronics into something immediate. In the wrong hands, such textural-focused music could feel like a cheap experiment, but Broken Haze makes sure something like “CR-X” overflows with warmth alongside the toolbox-born smacks. Listen above.