On the heels of their North American tour, CHEE and Tsuruda have combined to release their very first track, “Trailblazer.” The collaboration between these two pioneers of sound came naturally, as they both share common interests in bass music and hip-hop – tastes that are heavily reflected in their most recent release.
Hailing from South Africa, CHEE exploded onto the scene in 2016 following the release of his Shrodinger EP, a collection of work he loosely named after the famous Nobel Prize-winning physicist. Since then, CHEE has been steadily exploring sound experimentation on numerous verticals while collaborating with a wide variety of artists.
Coming from a more methodical background, Tsuruda grew up playing any instrument he could get his hands on and even received classical training. Since he donned the decks, Tsuruda has released 5 full-length albums and a handful of singles, all of which have contributed to making his presence well felt in the bass community.
Despite the difference in their upbringings, the collaboration between CHEE and Tsuruda was as organic as it was imaginative.
“I’ve been having a really hard time finding words for this collaboration with CHEE. What is it like to work with the guy? I’ll be honest. I’ve worked with a lot of producers over the years. I’ve seen many workflows. I’ve witnessed many sessions. No one does it like CHEE. The guy is a sound design savant and can whip up beats faster than anyone I’ve ever seen. Truly honored to be his friend. but to be honest, he’s more like a brother to me. Can’t wait to see him rule the (music) world one day. The guy has infinite potential and is just getting started.”
Released on Deadbeats, this single is set to be the anthem for CHEE and Tsuruda’s current tour. Only three shows in, expect the duo to bring the energy at every single stop on the calendar. Find out if they’re coming to a city near you!