Dutch producer releases changeling, but entertaining EP on classic label
Ninja Tune is a classic label. Since its inception in 1991 it is continually put out strong release after strong release. Due to changes in music, not all of this music fitted in with Ninja’s original ethos, so sub labels were created. One of the more recent additions of these sub labels is Technicolour. Employing a more leftfield aesthetic, since 2012 Technicolour has released ten EP’s that cater to those who enjoy the small room in clubs. Their tenth release, and first for the label, is by Dutch producer Danny Wolfers, AKA Legowelt.
Wolfers describes his music as “a hybrid form of slam jack combined with deep Chicago house, romantic ghetto techno funk and Euro Horror Soundtrack”. While this might seem slightly abstract, it makes sense when you listen to Anaconda Flow. Opening track Evaporate with Me 2 Infinity starts with a hard repetitive beat. After a few bars a keyboard riff enters the mix and starts to take the hard edge off the beat. Then a heavy bass kicks in and through clever production, and mixing, the track goes through cycles and phrases, some lyrical and playful, others just hard and heavy, until it ends six minutes later. Evaporate with Me 2 Infinity just a great opening track, but a statement of intent. It says “This EP is hard, repetitive, but there is an element of playfulness to it”. Title track Anaconda Flow carries on where Evaporate with Me 2 Infinity left off. While not being as hard hitting, the interplay between synth and beat is exquisite and dreamlike at times. Never Not U Know carries on in this vein but is faster. The intro synth envelopes you like a mist, before the beat pierces it and sets you on your way. Final track Eternal Flux is not just a perfect closer to this EP, but the stand out track as well. It contains a bass that is nigh on impossible not to hum along with.
With Anaconda Flow, Wolfers has successfully made an EP that caters to fans of European house, but with enough quirky and invention to keep the leftfield fans happy. Never an easy feat! As his twitter handle says he is a Renegade of the New Age, after hearing this EP you can’t help buy agree with him.