If you’re a sucker for the organic yet stark synthetic grooves from the likes of Jon Hopkins and Shlohmo, theres a high chance you’re familiar with Willaris K, the mastermind behind some of Australia’s most polarising dance music in the current club landscape. After playing a handful of shows around the country, the 24 year old has returned this time with ‘Alchemy’, a monster 7 track EP containing some of his darkest tracks to date.
Thrown straight into the deep end, the EP begins with the epic intro track ‘Catch Phrase’ which appropriately samples the dialogue of Plan B from the 2009 British blockbuster epic Harry Brown before unleashing a flood of skittering garage-esque drum grooves and roaring analogue bass. The grittiness of the intro track effortlessly transitions into ‘Risen’ which is undoubtedly one of the key highlights on the EP. The 7 and a half minute monster of a track begins with an ensemble of distorted lead synths and a bellowing bassline, before juxtaposing this sinister onslaught with an orchestration of beautiful arpeggios underlined by a bed of divine piano chords, the track then boasts a wall of analogue synths that launch the track into full overdrive before reaching a raging crescendo.
‘River Song’ shows us the producer’s delicate side, with a drumless orchestral piece that consists of shimmering pianos and lush strings. This brings us to our fourth track ‘Perpetual Love’, which soundly demonstrates the producers ability to contrast light and dark, with a driving baseline topped by a chirping melody, a motif that carries the EP to it’s title track ‘Alchemy’. This seething slow burner begins with a wall of analogue synth before transitioning into a brooding yet catchy groove. Lastly we have ‘Dour Nights’, a seemingly calm finale, however we are soon thrusted into chaos, with a drum groove reminiscent of late 2000’s electro and a devastating bassline that grinds throughout the track.
‘Alchemy EP’ is out now via Soothsayer. Check it out below as well as his tour dates.
Sat 29 Sept – Jack Rabbit Slim’s, Perth (TIX)
Thu 4 Oct – Corner Hotel, Melbourne (TIX)
Fri 5 Oct – Corner Hotel, Melbourne ((SOLD OUT)
Sat 6 Oct – Metro Theatre, Sydney (TIX)
Fri 12 Oct – Fat Controller, Adelaide (TIX)
Sat 13 Oct – The Triffid, Brisbane (TIX)