DJ W!ld’s history in music dates back to the tail end of the 80’s where his young and fascinated mind embraced the explosion of Graffiti culture, Disco, Funk and Hip-Hop in his hometown of Dijon. Later as the infectious sounds of Detroit Techno and Chicago House filtered through to Europe, and Laurent Garnier exposed them to Paris, W!ld’s interest was peaked and a move to the capital was made. He’s now at the forefront of electronic music culture, DJ’ing at some of the worlds leading nightclubs and boasting releases on OFF, Robsoul and Adult Only, as well as running his own Catwash and The W Label imprints.
The release opens with ‘Rendez-Vous Love’, a dubbed out house number, employing sparse, organic drum programming, insistent low-end tones and subtly delayed guitar licks to take the lead. W!ld rides this groove out for the tracks eight and a half minute duration, while the focal stages introduce ethereal pads, emotive vocal snippets and whispering reverse effects to create a stunning, intricate record. Up next is ‘BCN’, taking on a different format entirely, with its brooding bass, dark, swirling synth stabs and heavily distorted kicks, showing a brilliantly contrasting side to the Frenchman’s productions, this time he delivers a raw, edgy cut full of grit, while the slow blooming structure truly does the elements justice as they intricately evolve throughout.
On the flip side, first up is ‘Boys Don’t Cry’, staying on a moody tip, W!ld opts for minimalistic, swinging drums, alongside resonant acid lines and tension building pads, soaked in reverb, the result is a classy, afterhours number for those head-nodding moments. Then to close the release, title track ‘Feel Me’ is offered up, taking things in a deeper direction this time, as soft chords, bubbling background atmospherics and weighty drums lead the way, the latter stages see things stripped back to a celestial breakdown with glitchy electronic tonesand warm strings, alongside Latin vocal lines, adding a unique character to the record.
Published: 14th August 2013