Soulwax – ESSENTIAL (2018) [FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

Soulwax – ESSENTIAL (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:00:38 minutes | 646 MB | Genre: Electronic
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © DEEWEE

The legendary Belgian act, Soulwax, will release an album that was originally recorded for Pete Tongs BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix in May 2017 at the Dewaele brothers’ studio in Ghent. They are the first artists to ever submit an entire hour’s worth of original material for a BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix. Comprised of 12 tracks, named ‘Essential One – ‘Essential Twelve’, each song on the album is based around the word ‘essential’ Recorded in just under two weeks, Essential was created using the gear they didn’t use for their celebrated 2017 LP From Deewee, which was recorded with the band in one take. Soulwax will be touring this summer across Europe and the USA throughout April including Coachella Festival and shows in San Francisco, LA and a stop in Mexico. Dates below. Despacio (2manydjs (aka Soulwax) + James Murphy from LCD), have shows in New York City, at the Knockdown Centre and during Sonar, Barcelona in June.

These guys truly don’t do anything like others. In 2017, when Radio 1 approached them for an Essential Mix(BBC’s historical show dedicated to DJs), the Dewaele brothers didn’t just want to dig back into their record collection for a few classics. “We decided to do what every sane human being would do, we decided to lock ourselves into our studio for two weeks and make an hour of new music based around the word ‘Essential’, instead of preparing a mix of already existing music.” Well, it’s hard to assess how sane they truly are, but the subversion is very much appreciated. Particularly as their emaciated dance music was starting to be dearly missed. This concept album, on which every track is titled Essential, starts with a jam of sound machines and a robotic voice repeating “Essential” over and over, followed by a minimal trip with TB-303 style bass, a wonky beat and a tiny chord straight out of a Lansay guitar. And yet, what incredible energy! The same simplicity spills over the third track, a hypnotic bass, female vocals whispering “Essential” to the beat and improvised drums, the kind of throbbing track that would have been all the rage within the nasty confines of the Pulp nightclub in the early 2000s. Also worth mentioning,Essential 5 and its idiotic chorus “namanana namanana” on top of a hard techno beat, as if the two Belgian brothers were sticking their tongue out at their colleagues who increasingly rely on sensual, mysterious vocal samples for their own raveries. The Soulwax are still poking fun at conventions, and it’s a real treat!  – Smaël Bouaici

01. Essential One (5:10)
02. Essential Two (5:03)
03. Essential Three (5:04)
04. Essential Four (6:08)
05. Essential Five (4:17)
06. Essential Six (6:49)
07. Essential Seven (4:36)
08. Essential Eight (6:28)
09. Essential Nine (4:30)
10. Essential Ten (6:48)
11. Essential Eleven (3:15)
12. Essential Twelve (2:30)