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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! 

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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!

After a prolific year as a sessionist in 1979, which saw him lend his silky synthesizer skills to Tumblack, the Gibson Brothers and M ("Pop Muzik"!), Wally Badarou arrived on Riviera LM Recording System, a subsidiary of French powerhouse Barclay, with the sweet soul of his debut solo LP "Back To Scales". Long out of print, and largely overlooked in favour of his admittedly supreme "Echoes" LP, the album has been a secret weapon for the disco, soul and Balearic connoisseurs thanks to the seemless fusion of Wally's enchanting melodies and the emerging electronic sounds of the era. Groove-heavy, soulful and synthetic, "Back To Scales" showcases all the lilting rhythms, intricate keys and potent island funk of "Echoes", while still staying true to the soulful stylings of the time. Out of reach for far too long, this reissue is a gift to everyone.

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Patrick says: Wally was a legend way before "Echoes", and this pristine Love Vinyl reissue returns his solo debut to shelves after far too long. Within the soulful grooves and perfect pop moments, we hear the origins of the innovative synthesis and pure Island funk we know so well.

Wally Badarou

Echoes - 180g Vinyl Edition

Badarou was one of the Compass Point All Stars (with Sly and Robbie, Barry Reynolds, Mikey Chung and Uziah “Sticky” Thompson), the in-house recording team of Compass Point Studios responsible for a long series of albums of the 1980s recorded by Grace Jones, Tom Tom Club, Joe Cocker, Mick Jagger, Black Uhuru, Gwen Guthrie, Jimmy Cliff and Gregory Isaacs. His keyboard playing can also be heard on albums by Robert Palmer, Marianne Faithfull, Herbie Hancock, Talking Heads, Foreigner, Melissa Etheridge, Manu Dibango and Miriam Makeba.

Limited 180g vinyl reissue of synth maestro Wally Badarou’s classic futuristic instrumental album ‘Echoes’ from 1983. Superb from start to finish, this electronic tour de force spawned several monster tracks including the wonderful Joe Claussell and Larry Levan favourite ‘Chief Inspector’, a bumping bouncing Korg and Moog-laden bomb which made its mark in the charts as well as on the dancefloor, showcasing the strong jazz-funk sensibility you’d expect from long-term Level 42 collaborator Badarou. Also features the hauntingly beautiful ‘Mambo’, a mesmerizing slo-mo epic instantly recognisable for its enormous contribution to Massive Attack’s hit ‘Daydreaming’ as well as hitting big for DJs such as Kevorkian at the time. Other gems on this amazing instrumental-only album include the sophisticated funk of big Baldelli play ‘Endless Race’, quirky afro-funky delight ‘Hi-Life’ and the cool and elegantly mellow ‘Waltz’ amongst others. Not to be missed!


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