With her supercharged rave productions and hybrid sets that pack in everything from breakbeat hardcore and donk to footwork jungle and techno, Yazzus embodies everything that makes UK dance music so exciting today. Her genre-hopping Recognise mix is a shining example of why she's taking the scene by storm.
The Londoner’s bombastic rave sound is a cyclone of knockout techno kicks, dreamy footwork jungle and breakbeat hardcore mayhem, slapped with neon go-faster stripes and astrological nods. It all hints towards the transcendental side of raving, with a joyful silliness at its heart. As a DJ, Yazzus’ star has been rising for the past half a decade. Originally a grime kid, she found a new passion for ’90s hardcore music while at university; she studied rave subcultures for her dissertation. “The rave scene promoted peace, love, unity and respect, so you know they’re nice people,” she says, “it’s generally a wholesome subculture.”
The past couple of years have seen her rise up as a producer too — even scooping a Breakthrough Producer nomination at DJ Mag’s 2020 Best of British awards. Almost two years ago to the day of this feature, she shared her first forays into production, turning heads with a pack of bootlegged DEEP MEDi MUSIK tracks — switching up dubstep classics into full-throttle footwork jungle. More hyperactive anthems followed in ‘Experience 5D’ and her ‘Voltagem’ EP, drawing on a wide range of dancefloor influences and decorating them with the splashes of pink and green that have become part of her whole rave aesthetic.