Its only two days away. Can you feel it? The ground is shaking in anticipation for What Next Ohio, or that could be my bass turned up to the max while I am listening to Cassius Slay’s recent Tree House EP. CJ Townsend and Keith West, the brains behind Cassius Slay, have been taking the moombah world by storm with their tracks over the last few months getting support from heavyweights like DJ Ayres, Diplo, Tittsworth, Nadastrom, Cosmo Baker, and more. This is quite the accomplishment, as many of these artists were at the forefront of the genres creation in 2009 and 2010.
Luckily for us, the ep is streaming on the Young Robot Label’s soundcloud for all of us to enjoy and get a taste for their noise. I was initially a huge fan of the track “Git Up”, but as I have listened to this release over and over I have no favorite track. Each track reaches out in new directions to explore different sounds and play with different chopped up vocal samples. They are all absolute bangers, but one thing that makes this release so interesting is its diversity and experimentation. Just for a moment think about the differences between the feel of the tracks “Like That” and “Drop Hop” and you are instantly shown the creative genius behind Cassius Slay. These two aren’t afraid to explore new sonic territories, and for that reason you gotta listen, absorb, and praise this release.
With the strength of this release, its really not shockingly that these scene heavyweights will be gracing the newport stage this saturday evening. I for one am very stoked to see how they work in their originals with other moombahton tracks. After my awakening to the possibilities of the genre of the dance music world during Kingpin’s sets, I am excited to see a local act completely devoted to the Moombah genre show us what can be done with that specific sonic pallette. I feel Cassius Slay is perfectly situated to achieve such a feat since they are devoted to putting on a crazy show and explore the diverse directions their sounds can go in. If that didn’t get you hyped, I was lucky enough to get some responses from one half of the Cassius Slay Duo, CJ Townsend
LA: If someone who has never heard you spin, how would you describe your sound?
CJT: Sounds like a club.
LA: What does being apart of the Ohio Electronic Music scene mean to you?
CJT: I’m just excited for all the acts to get a little shine. It’s cool to be apart of it but my goals are not based on just myself or Cassius Slay. They are based on Ohio.
LA:What do you think about the What Next Ohio Music Showcase?
CJT: Well that’s kind of objective because I helped put it together so I’ll just say its awesome and I’m excited to hear Burgle and even more excited to meet Funerals.
LA:What kinda set are you gonna play? Do you have any surprises in store for the crowd?
CJT: A moombahton set with no surprises. Just one long bleep.