Comedian, actor, and musician Reggie Watts and electronic music artist,DJ, and producer John Tejada’s new musical group Wajatta is releasing their first studio album, Causal High Technology, on May 11. The 12-track album will be released by comedy label Comedy Dynamics and followed by a record release party on May 23 at Teragram Ballroom in Downtown Los Angeles. The event will be presented in partnership with local public radio station KCRW.
89.9 KCRW Presents Wajatta, the official album release concert, will kick off with a DJ set from Dntel at 8pm. Following Dntel, Wajatta will take the stage for a live interpretation of Casual High Technology, showcasing the duo’s collaborative vision.
Presented as a cosmic collection of funk-infused techno, Casual High Technology is the culmination of decades’ worth of Watts and Tejada’s favorite electronic music shaped to fit a new dance sensibility. Check out their first single “Runnin'” that debuted last year.
Wajatta (pronounced wa-Ha-ta), as the name suggests, is a mash-up of the artist’s last names. Having grown up with similar musical influences, Austrian-born Tejada and German-born Watts draw from their love of urban, electronic music. Exploring the intersection between influences and innovation, the two describe Wajatta’s music as “electronic dance music with its roots in Detroit techno, Chicago house, ’70s funk and New York hip hop.” Tejada’s deep, melodic production makes the perfect backing for Watt’s wide vocal range and live looping skills.
The album is currently available for digital preorder. A double vinyl edition will be available on June 29.
For more information and tickets for the album release concert, head to Teragram Ballroom.