Label: HermineScore: 8/10
For all of his undoubted talent, prolific French producer Wally Stryk is a man yet to really make a name for himself outside of his native country. The quintessentially French “Quiberon” EP however, might just be the record that showcases his wares outside of his native country. For the record isn’t French in title only, but is also displays some of the best known traits of the country and the electronic music it tends to purvey.
The cultured stands of “Quiberon” for instance, make for a polished start to proceedings, with its sporadic vocals and intricate snares a sure-fire sign that the listener is in for a classy, house-littered journey. “Carnac” deviates only slightly, with a similar mood abounding. This one though, is constructed around a barrage of tribal percussion, yet in spite of that fact it’s actually a fairly elaborate – albeit tepid – affair.
“Hoedic” is the pick of the bunch mind, with a solid, traditional kick unfurling amongst a solid deep house template. A warm-up tool that’ll do exactly that, it paves the way nicely for the EP’s culmination: Somebody Else’s interpretation of the latter. The American producer ups the ante ever so-slightly, with an elongated bassline and a smattering of acid among its prime characteristics. In all, Stryk’s debut outing for his own imprint is just as sophisticated as we anticipated.