wooky - montjuic

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  • Label : spa.RK
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The lights have come back on in the city. Wooky, aka Barcelona’s Albert Salinas, has made his much awaited long-play debut. He’s no newcomer and the expectations are high, for we’ve already seen him release two 12’’ on Lapsus, his own label ("The Ark", which was later remixed by bRUNA and Point B, among others), with a smile on his face recommending tunes in one of the city’s most legendary recordstores, and appearing on some of the biggest stages in the country, ie Sonar and L.E.V.. The album is named after the mountain that overlooks Barcelona from the south, "Montjuïc" (hey, yeah, the new location of Sonar festival...), and its eight tracks take us into an eternal dream state, not just a mental but also a physical journey through different moods, cosmic trips, rhythmic catharsis and emotional warmth.

His style is identifiable from the first listen. His distinctive trademarks, a fondness for pure electronica, a flawless capacity for melody and to instil in his music his passion for 90s electronica, early electro, the steamiest drum'n'bass and the most entrancing step. It’s stylish and rhythmic, with the sharpest of instincts for almost instantaneous melodies and a nightful of flashes and blinding light. Tunes that stick to your skin, like “Thalassa”, with its perfect and seductive bassline and strains that build bridges between timeless IDM and its dark opposite; the evanescent 4x4 beats of “Recurrent Dream” (or the very Orbital-esque “Inheritance I”); figurative abstractions in “Inner Maristany”; rare groove in “Lisboa”; or the sophisticated abstractions of “Montjuïc”, the track that brings this album to such a magnificent conclusion.

Poetic and respectful, Wooky can create epic melodies and thrill us with a hint of the intimate yet laberynthic, and his powerful breaks drift into meticulous rhythmic patterns and dramatic, romance-filled changes of pace. There’s nothing casual about Wooky: he is one of the finest artists of human electronica, who hooks the listener and makes his mark through his daring talent for composition and perfect execution. This is an album that irradiates light, another diamond to have come out an effervescent Barcelona that continues to surprise us from one day to the next.

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