We Play Wax launched on November 1, 2013, as an online musical exhibition dedicated to the most enduring audio medium of all time: vinyl. In less than two years, WPW has grown steadily from its humble origins as a casual record reviews site to a more robust, fully realized page – replete with in-depth artist interviews and a monthly podcast – that has also expanded into streaming radio and occasional event production. This June, WPW takes the next big step towards world club domination with a long-planned and carefully-crafted vinyl release.
Dropping on the first day of summer, 'In the Beginning' is WPW the label’s debut, one that joins together two highly creative producers for a custom-designed, DJ-friendly 12” that sees both artists remixing one other’s original tracks.
Known for the deep, analogue, modern house characteristics of his south Italian heritage, Giovanni Damico opens the release with ‘Satellite’, a rich blend of acoustic percussions, strummed strings, caressing synths, and glistening melodies. The special guest featured is Chicago’s Keter Darker whose warm, saturated, spoken word vocals add a strong narrative element to the track. Tomson, Manchester’s finest house head, smooths things out with his dance-ready version, enhanced with a flowing stream of celestial synth strings, effervescent pads, thick basslines, and steady kicks, hats, and claps. As you’d expect, Keter’s warm, human touch carries through from the original, his storytelling as evocative as ever.
The flipside starts on an energetic note, courtesy of Tomson, whom we just met. ‘The Nod’ is a relentless journey through tight kicks, swinging percussion, groovy bass synths, playful keys, and magnificent pads. The icing on the cake comes in the form of some clever cutting and sampling of Lauryn Hill’s wisdom speech from the turn of this millennium. Taking it a couples notches deeper, Giovanni Damico concludes the inaugural release with his enthralling take on Tomson’s original. Employing the creative use of sustained pads, oscillating synths and eerie melodies, and delaying the vocals and looping certain percussion elements, Giovanni skillfully raises tension to yield an ideal late-night crowd-pleaser.