After ominous and alluring social media teasers, Jauz has finally revealed the tracklist for his The Wise and The Wicked album, packed with 23 original tracks and unmatched collaborations. The conceptual album is a pivotal moment for Jauz, who first exploded on the scene with “Feel The Volume” in 2014. Since then, the LA-based, Icon Collective graduate has carved a permanent space for himself in dance music, with the support of his devoted Shark Squad fans.
The Wise and The Wicked is split into chapters, as Jauz did not want to create an album of just one type of music. His creativity spreads far beyond the confounds of dance music genres.
These title separations do not just represent the music, the whole album concept is set in an distant future, a dystopia that resulted from the increasingly threats to our society in our current day in age. But it’s deeper than that, Jauz has created a whole storyline behind the album, and the tracks and their order tell the story for him.
The Wise inspire the masses by using intelligence and knowledge, and hope to find a cure for the ailing earth we live on with new groundbreaking technologies. They believe that only the truly adept should survive. On the other side, The Wicked believe in full anarchism, using anger and aggressiveness to grow their ranks, and will eventually let the modern world burn itself to the ground so it can be rebuilt in a more sustainable way.
But the plot thickens, The Wise celebrate music and creativity in ancient theaters, concert halls and in front of monuments. Their music aims to teach, and is more catered to the intelligent. While the music of The Wicked is more primal, fueled by energy and anger. They share their sounds more publicly, under bridges, in abandoned buildings, in the middle of the streets.
Their rivalry comes to an end, after chapters of the two castes opposing each other, a third party enters, The United, who are fueled by passion to create a better world. As outcasts of both parties, they have seen the errors both sides have made and also the strengths each side possesses. They have realized that this fight is not between two sides of humanity, but between all of humanity itself and everything that corrupted both sides into sinking our world deeper into darkness.
To fully imagine the storyline, one must hear the music. But for now, the tracklist will tell the tale…