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Well, this is absolutely massive! Japanese label Disktopia have pulled off an A&R masterstroke, luring the legendary Wally Badarou into the studio for his first vinyl release of solo music since 1989! "The Unnamed Trilogy Vol.1" sees the keyboard king doing his thing for 2k17 with four contemporary recordings completely in step with the unforgettable grooves of "Echoes". "Fisherman (I-Theme) kicks the set off with a stellar drum box rhythm, buoyant bass synth and slick synth-licks which veer into fusion territories before snapping back into the land of cybernetic jazz funk boogie. A rhythmic, chanted vocal adds an almost electro touch to the track, while the coastal cool of the number should delight the Balearic crowd. The tropical tackle continues with "The Daiquiri Diaries (Vintage Extended)", as Wally weaves a little cinematic spell on our adoring asses. Atmospheric, emotional, and laced with percussive subtleties, quayside Rhodes tones and muchos moonlight - this is for the lovers and bad cops. Imagine a tender moment with a loved one immediately before you make a drugs bust. Over on the flip "Awa" brings a decidedly Bubble Bobble vibe to the table, chiming perfectly with the Digital Zandoli comps as it sways, shimmers and squeezes under the Chicken Limbo pole. Surely a must have for OG cyberpunk Ruf Dug, this is more tropical than a line of Lilt dust and totally reminiscent of Zora's Domain and Monkey Island. Finally the synthesised vox, cloudlike calm and digital charm of "Higher Still..." closes the set on an ambient note - definitely one for fans of "Words Of A Mountain". Wally's back!
Patrick says: Holy shit batman! Synthfunk king Wally Badarou is back with new material - and it's fucking class! From the jazzier than your keyboard tie cyber-groove of "Fisherman", through the late night loving by the Quay "Daiquiri Diaries", via the Bubble Bobble zouk banger "Awa" to the aquatic, cinematic, synthscape masterpiece "Higher Still" this is the absolute shizzle! Yes!
The Daiquiri Diaries (Vintage Extended)
Higher Still ...