Soulwax from deewee
Rob Walbers

Since forming back in 1995, Soulwax have continually pushed the boundaries of music into new and innovative territory.

David and Stephen Dewaele – the brothers behind the sound – have, in addition to Soulwax, toured the world as 2manydjs, alongside starting their own record label, studio, radio station, and Beats 1 show. The Belgians have also found fame with popular remixes of songs from the likes of Warpaint, Tame Impala, Metronomy, Arcade Fire, Daft Punk, Hot Chip, MGMT, and more.

FROM DEEWEE could well prove to be Soulwax’s crowning glory, with the brothers again revolutionising their own creative process. Quite remarkably, the album was recorded in just one take at their DEEWEE Studio in Belgium on February 7, 2017 – and here is our take on what was produced that day.

The Dewaele brothers get things started with the flighty keys of Preset Tense, which slowly yet seamlessly morphs into its crescendo and the quintessentially-Soulwax sounding Masterplanned – a lyrical and bass-ridden assault on the senses – prior to Missing Wires‘ initially chaotic percussion settling into a more measured and easy-listening melodic beat.

Conditions Of A Shared Belief is a hark back to the synth-heavy sound of the 80s, before the drumming masterclass of Is It Always Binary and Do You Want To Get Into Trouble?, the latter of which distinctly echoes elements of Tame Impala in both a lyrical and a musical sense.

Moving into the second half of the album, My Tired Eyes echoes the sound of Editors, followed by the aptly named Daft Punk-esque electronica ode Transient Program For Drums And Machinery and a more atmospheric number in the form of Trespassers.

The Singer Has Become A Deejay gloriously combines a carnival-style samba sound with complementary drum machines, prior to the distorted and throbbing sound of Here Come The Men In Suits and the calmly soothing groove of Goodnight Transmission – which brings proceedings to a close prior to the record playing all over again in its true, fluid form in FROM DEEWEE (Continuous).

In FROM DEEWEE, Soulwax have crafted an album that is both intriguing and impressive to behold in equal measure. A testament to their discontent in resting on their laurels, the brothers from Belgium deserve a lot of credit for the astounding effort put into this composition, which transports the listener to a euphoric and colourful dreamscape.

Soulwax‘s FROM DEEWEE comes out on March 24th via Play It Again Sam. You can pre-order it over here.

Words by Jonno Mack

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