Let’s start off with the obvious – this is not Wizard Rock. As great as Harry and the Potters have continually been throughout their careers, they produce nothing even approaching what Ron Weezy have done with their first EP, Deal/No Deal. Their 2 tracks (the ‘Deal’ and ‘No Deal’ of the title) might not be a lot, but they’re 4 and a half minutes of electronic rhythms wrapped up in some euphoric dance beats. Based in Oxford, the two piece have been doing their own different things under the aliases of Mr. Bagul and Vanilla, making the kind of sample-based, sundrenched electronica that made Larry Gus such a favourite on this blog.
They’ve stolen their influences from all over the spectrum, but, crucially, they’ve picked the right ones. Both acknowledge the work of J Dilla on their individual pages, and it’s obvious how working under his shadow has helped incubate their sound. Samples and awkward, beautiful melodies have their part to play in the work. There’s an increasing amount of people working with a similar sound, but there are few that have managed to pull it off this well. God knows what they’re going to do, or if this is even anything more than simply something knocked together and stuck on myspace, but no matter what, they’ve made two tracks of absolute brilliance.
Ron Weezy – Deal
Ron Weezy – No Deal
Thankfully, they’ve also given the tracks away as a free download through mediafire: