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- Crystal Cult 2080 by Legowelt
8/10 Ant Staff review, 24 April 2014
Danny Wolfers discography seemingly increases by the day, recording under many different names, his Legowelt guise is by far his most well known and loved. As Legowelt he’s produced some cracking albums which I happily part with money to obtain but I had to steal a digital download of his last album ‘Gigla 1’ because there were only 192 copies, like WTF? Fortunately Creme Organization seem to have pressed up plenty of copies of ‘Crystal Cult 2030’ to keep the fans happy, with editions on vinyl, CD and even a cassette. Currently we only have the vinyl, a copy of which is now in my possession. I paid in full so I can sleep with a clean conscience.
There’s no radical shift from the trademark Legowelt sound here, but hey if it ain't broke don’t fix it. He’s fine tuned his ultra warm sound to the point that it’s so distinctive when you hear the first minute of the albums opener ‘Experiential Awakening’ you immediately know who’s at the controls. “Walk in the spirit of eternal light” and “Seek the higher purpose” state the vocal samples. Count me in for the ride. Throughout the album there’s that sort of spiritual/ magical narrative, apparently concerned with medieval spirits, which used in the wrong hands could be disastrous, like in some psychedelic trance or something but good old Danny know’s what he’s doing and totally pulls it off. His concepts always adding that extra colourful dimension to his work.
As you’d expect, throughout the drums are solid with plenty of catchy hooks and melodies at the intersection of techno and house, deep and dark but ultimately uplifting, pure dancefloor energy with tempos being pretty constant save for the breakbeat driven ‘Future of Myself’. Acid comes by way of the title track, (the 2080 incidentally coming from the name of the Roland JV2080 digital synthesizer used on the album) with Sheela Rahman aka Xosar and partner in Xamiga adding a sultry “Open your mind” vocal.
Stylistically the album feels like an extension of, or logical progression from 2012’s ‘The Paranormal Soul’ full length on Clone - something that’s also echoed in the studio alchemy photographs that adorn the sleeve. As great as I think Legowelt is I can’t say I really listen to his albums in their entirety all that much, rather I grab them and spin a couple of tunes here and there and there’s plenty to get stuck into here in that context. Great stuff but that kinda goes without saying.
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