Sam Willis - 'Winterval'

by Annika Hoge
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on 03 November 2012 in Albums & EPs
Record Label Half Machine
Rating 8/10

Sam Willis, best known as one half of Walls and Sam of Allez Allez, has lately left all joint projects behind to finally become and be himself. Driving his sound art to new heights, his debut as "himself" catches your ear especially by its clever mix of analogue techno, classic house and ambient music. As the album begins with a dreamy, floating "underwater soundscape", and ends with a dark, eerie piece of squeaking sounds and droning noises, enclosing six very diverse tracks in-between, we´re taken on the perfect trip through the complex world of electronic music: cool, machine-like synth-pop pieces of scrubbing rhythm take their turns with danceable, pulsating house beats and warmer tone colours. The up-tempo 'Frozen/Cirrus' with its driving rhythm and heavy bass provides music for the dancing masses at the highest level, before the rather experimental 'Miles Away' starts combining natural noises with distinct low end pulses. But the album’s highlight is definitely the winding, eight-minute long 'Winterval', both grooving dance number for the clubs and exploration of spherical sounds. Now that Sam Willis is Sam Willis, he´s made an eclectic chillout-experimental-ambient-tech-house album, uniting the many different areas of electronic music from Brian Eno to Paul Kalkbrenner.

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