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Essential Listening: Wilkinson

Essential Listening: Wilkinson

An artist who has developed into one of the most prominent drum and bass acts, Wilkinson has slowly mastered the ability to create the heavier tracks specifically for the clubs whilst also being able to craft the commercial radio-friendly hits. The London-born DJ and producer has always found a way of making music which can be energetic, with fierce drum beats married aptly alongside thunderous basslines. Wilkinson has recently showcased his talents as a producer in a whole new light, offering a fine representation of various different styles in the form of his second album, Hypnotic.

Just two studio albums might give you the impression there are a handful of tracks which are essential but the two records do in fact contain a vast array of sumptuous sounds. With that being said here is our attempt to single out five examples.

A fine choice of delectable piano melodies are layered with a great deal of care and attention, whilst the irresistible vocals of Becky Hill ensure a really emotive feel. This record gives you the impression of being something more apt away from the dance floor but it actually has the capacity to create an electric atmosphere as well.

Take You Higher
Keen to show off his love for the heavier sides of DnB, this is certainly a hard-hitting demonstration. The build-up does a superb job of producing a great sense of anticipation before the infectious bass creates a sonic whirlwind making this a fine definition of a club weapon. If ever you are wondering which Wilkinson record will send ruptures through a place then look no further.

Sweet Lies
Another record that promises to cause a raucous atmosphere, this looks on the surface like classic tear up but the addition of another incredible vocalist, Karen Harding, helps give the track a mainstream feel. The distinctive rolling drums also mould this into an anthemic song and another which is an essential component to bring crowds under a spell.

Wash Away (Calling For You)
A fine example of Wilkinson engaging with different styles, this track has a half-time feel which works wonders in provoking a really emotive sensation. Originally released as an instrumental, the choice to seek out the outstanding vocal talents of Boy Matthews helped to stoke the hazy and euphoric sound. The tilt away from the generic layout of classic dnb provides a refreshing change.

Take Us Home
If you like the more mysterious sound of future bass then ‘Take Us Home’ is a grand reflection. The way in which the hard basslines and serene selection of synths are intertwined makes for an ecstatic soundtrack that also exudes a definitive warmth. Here is another song that sounds ideal in the clubs but is easily adaptable for a more relaxed occasion.

Wilkinson has a busy few months lined up to see out 2017, with a slot at MiNT Festival on Saturday 23rd September kickstarting the action. He can then look forward to a show in Sheffield and another at The Warehouse Project in October, where he'll be representing RAM Records in their 25th anniversary celebrations. A trip to the Alps in winter will then see him at Rise Festival between Saturday 16th and Saturday 23rd December.

Photo courtesy of SJM

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