Walkboy – Idle EP (Ideological Records)

The third release on Ideological Records is out this week and it features a new EP from Walkboy. The Russian producer has been coming up through the electronica ranks quickly this year, his release on ADRO, Inlab and Aura showcased his unique take on melodic techno quite well. For Ideolgical’s third overall release Walkboy has crafted a fabulous 4 track EP which comes with remixes from Masahiko Inui and Mondkrater.

The four originals here are electronica sketches that covers a variety of themes and emotions. The lead track ‘Idle’ is a wonderfully warped journey with broken beats, morphed pianos and a brooding set of bass stabs which complements the 4/4 section quite nicely. There is a definite theme of melancholy and what you could almost call despair here. It’s really captivating stuff and if you were to strip the beats and glitchy sound design away you’d have perfect soundtrack material. ‘Inhuman’ is a touch more downtempo and just as emotional with blissful synths and panning vocals. The wobbly groove on ‘Relay’ is filled with character and the moderately out of time piano sequence just adds to the warped brilliance of the track. The fourth original ‘Rainfall’ furthers explores the deepest and moodiest realms of electronica with another cool sequence of broken beats and warped electronics. Four very strong tracks from Walkboy but the two remixes included here are perhaps much better for the dance floor. The lone remix of ‘Rainfall is provided by one the Ideological owners Mondkrater. The Ukrainian producer first came to our attention under his Mode B alias which had a great run of releases on Manual Music, Somebody’s Story and PFL over the course of 2011-2012. His new Mondkrater alias has appeared on each of Ideological’s first 3 releases and his ‘Rainfall’ interpretation did quite well in our overall Hype Chart as it currently sits at #24. The Ukrainian producer has taken all those unique elements from the original and reconstructed them in a melodic techno framework that really rocks. The tough, titanium coated beats are very powerful and when combined with an ominous backdrop of spooky electronics you’ve got a sure fire dance floor bomb.Closing the release out is Masahiko Inui and his remix of ‘Inhuman’. The Japanese producer has crafted a glitched out emotional masterpiece with descending harmonics and haunting electronics that puts feel good cap on a high quality EP from Ideological. Release Promo Hype Chart Top 25

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