WALTON : Beyond 2LP

WALTON : Beyond 2LP




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One of Hyperdub’s yungest, brightest talents steps up with a highly accomplished debut album weaving between house, garage and grime with a lean R&B swerve. The acclaimed label has incubated the Manchester-based producer since his first steps with an eponymous debut and follow-up, ‘All Night EP’, whilst slotting in with extended fam, Keysound’s roster of 130bpm rollers including Wen, Samrai, Beneath and co. ‘Beyond’ is a maturation of his steadily distinguished sound, defined by a full-rounded feel for engaging arrangement and effervescent production, cohesively switching style and pattern and showing a canny knack for hooky sample placement.

Across thirteen tracks he strides from digitally-dusted US garage hinting at Chez Damier or Todd Edwards on ‘Need To Feel’, to more rugged UK styles with the acid-chewed flex of ‘Help Me Out’, the skeletal bounce and nagging rave licks of ‘Memories’ or the Zomby-esque ‘Frisbee’, thru to footwork-aware percolations in the glossy midnight black of ‘Can’t U See’ or the future soul burner ‘Love On The Dancefloor’ sharing a blue soul glow with the “dancing with my clothes off” groover, ‘Every Night’ and the humid, late night swagger of ‘Amazon’. We reckon this one’s got gallons in the tank.