Legowelt – The Paranormal Soul [CJFD016]
It’s rare that electronic music artists push themselves to the same degree as Danny Wolfers. The Dutch artist is one of the most prolific contemporary artists, working under an often bewildering array of guises. A Paranormal Soul is his most refined work to date, and there is an absence of the raw edges that characterised classic Legowelt releases like Klaus Kinski or Tower of the Gypsies.
Yet despite this, Wolfers’ music has not lost any of the touches and flourishes that make him so distinctive. “Renegade of a New Age” and “Elements of Houz Music” have those melodic, part-mysterious, part-cheesy synth lines that Wolfers pretty much owns, and “Voice of Triumph” and “I Only Move for You” see him revert to classic acid, with visceral jacking offset by warm, 303-soaked basslines. But the most significant measure of Wolfers’ development lies in the fact that he has created his own interpretation of the early 90s techno sound that originally inspired him. “Rave Till Dawn” starts with “Red 2”-style chord stabs, but instead of bombast the track gets progressively more subtle thanks to fragile break beats and mellow pads. “Sketches From Another Century”, with its dreamy sweeps and building chords sounds like classic Carl Craig, but just when the listener thought Wolfers was intent on making Detroit techno tribute track, those unmistakable melody lines and warbling bass kick in, the very manifestation of the Dutchman’s musical soul.
Insubordinate and averse to anything going on in the EDM world the dutch derelict of techno is back with a luminous new album on Clone Records. Steamy and mysterious as ever The Paranormal Soul is advancing the trademark Legowelt sound into new directions. Mangling up the historical foundations of New York, Detroit, Chicago and early U.K Rave, mixing it with seedy witchcraft rituals and deep space psychedelics for a boundless journey into techno mysticism.