Premiere: DeMarzo & WLAD – Sketchy [hedZup records]

hedZup label head WLAD is making a huge statement this March with the release of his debut long player, Call Lab. The 10 track affair features a fantastic cast of collaborators including Oden & Fatzo, DeMarzo, Jesse Maas, The Willers Brothers, label partner Mancini and many more.

This Paris based label and artist have become associated with their own unique brand of high class electronic grooves. They are always focussed on the future but have a tinge of 90s magic which has made them firm favourites with those who know. This album is a fine collection of expertly designed tracks that are stuffed with both feeling and groove.

Moulin Rouge kicks off with a nice slick beat and sci-fi pads that immediately make you want to move. Sketchy then gets a little deeper and darker, with low slung bass and punchy kicks finished off with jazzy chords. The excellent sound design continues on The Future with Jesse Maas. It’s a futuristic electronic groove that never lets up and has vibey vocals, while Sparkling Water from Mancini & WLAD thumps hard on heavy kicks and popping melodic details.

Lova Droppa from The Willers Brothers & WLAD is seven minutes of silky house with dynamic drums and deft synth designs then Santé & WLAD get more techy with the bleeps and beats of Odyssey. Elsewhere, Family Affair, made in collab with his actual brother KONG, is an infectious and unrelenting tune with nice heady pads and kinetic kicks, and things close out with Causeless Calls from Capeesh Society & WLAD and Damien Badey & WLAD’s Secret Story, which are both brilliantly atmospheric and driving house tunes with a real sense of style.

This is a broad and brilliant collection of tasteful and club ready house cuts that explore plenty of fascinating different styles.

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