Release Date: Jan 13, 2017
Record label: Running Back
Like a lot of electronic music around the turn of the current decade, Tornado Wallace’s early releases sought a middle path between house and disco. Dissatisfied with dance music’s status quo, they toyed with slower tempos and hypnotic repetitions. Taking inspiration from acts like Metro Area, the Australian producer reverse-engineered his way through his influences, using a variety of ’80s and ’90s signifiers—laser zaps, glassy handclaps, Italo basslines—as stepping stones to time-travel across decades.
Since 2010, Lewie Day, AKA Tornado Wallace, has made himself one of Australia's finest dance music exports. With ten singles to his name, on labels like Instruments Of Rapture and ESP Institute, his deft touch is always clear, whether he's doing luminous house, mixing in some acid or crafting a bewitching tribal drum pattern. Lonely Planet, his first full-length, arrives seven years since his debut, and it was mostly worth the wait.As its title implies, the LP is a journey of sorts, and the change of pace suits Day's craftsmanship.
Having come up in the burgeoning Melbourne club/production scene, Lewie Day, aka Tornado Wallace, has been responsible for well-received releases on ESP Institute, Beats In Space and other well-respected underground labels. Lonely Planet, the eagerly anticipated debut LP from the Berlin-based Australian, is another solid offering. Named after the popular backpacker's guide (which has its largest office in Melbourne), Lonely Planet finds Day favouring his more lush and organic tendencies, leading to a satisfying, exclusively mid-tempo outing that references new age and '80s soundtrack music, all with a distinctly coastal tone.
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