There are very few producers whose DJ-appeal stretches quite as wide across the electronic dance music spectrum as Ali Wilson's. From his very first releases he has walked a production line that has seen him engage everyone from Carl Cox to Armin van Buuren, Marco V to Judge Jules and a litany of other heavyweights including Ferry Corsten, Sander van Doorn, Markus Schulz & Gareth Emery with his freeform studio sound.
Wilson's first long-player offering has a strong instrumental bias, but when vocal numbers surface, they do so with the same spatial style difference he applies to all his tracks. 'Become One's knowing rock-ish anthemia is likely to be a bolt-upright moment for the listener. . It's a track that will doubtless provide another major single release moment for the album. 3 tracks further into 'Phenomenon' and 'Self Destruct's angst-ridden female vocals take the tone much darker, with lyrics that are designed to be both challenging and thought provoking.
Tech, in its numerous forms, is one theme that is not in short supply. Early in its game the album delivers the buzzing, humming industrial dystopia of 'Quake', the techno-flecked 'Shakedown' and minimally-minded, yet hard-driving â€˜Master Plan'â€¦
Each track is spring-loaded with bass, beats and high-tension sub-synthery, all of which underline that Phenomenon has one and only ultimate goalâ€¦ putting feet on floors.