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London producer J-Walk returns his third album 'Mediterranean Winds', another suite of tracks that specifically aims to capture the feel of a particular time and place. But what time and what place? If only he'd left some clues... With sonics inspired by the soundtrack works of Brian Eno and Vangelis, it never loses the soulful bent of its creator. 

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Mediterranean Winds by J-Walk
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8/10 Will Staff review, 07 August 2019

Producer J-Walk returns with 'Mediterranean Winds', his third album. It's full of jazzy electronica with glassy synth pads, Balearic flavours, and mid-tempo grooves.

This album had me stumped for a little while. Initially I didn't get on with it because it seemed a bit cheesy, a bit hackneyed, chill-out by numbers. 'Mediterranean Winds' seemed like the kind of music they play in show homes that have magnolia walls and no discernible features. After a while, however, I started to get the sneaking suspicion that I wasn't getting the joke. Perhaps the music is so featureless that it's a pastiche of the noughties, down-tempo funk that's used as hold-music. I mean, it's called 'Mediterranean Winds', for goodness' sake. Many of the song titles are types of wind translated into Italian or places on the Italian coast. J-Walk is toying with the listener, he's inviting our ire, tempting our shouts of derision. 

As serious music, 'Mediterranean Winds' is bad, but as pastiche, it's great. 


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