Review: Ten Walls – Walking With Elephants EP

Ever since Innervisions dropped the ‘Gotham’ EP, one of 2013’s undisputed summer anthems, everyone wanted to know who this mystery man (or woman?) is that calls himself Ten Walls. Though his tunes have been supported by great DJs throughout the scene such as Maceo Plex and Tale of Us, the mastermind behind Ten Walls remains an enigma. We’ve sent one of our reporters on a quest a few months back, but he’s been missing ever since… Oh well, be who he may, let’s focus on the music, and talk about the upcoming EP ‘Walking With Elephants’, which is the first release on Ten Wall’s brand new record label: Boso.

To speak about Ten Walls as the sum of only two records would be unjust. Each of the six tracks featuring across the two EP’s have been unique, garnering fans and plaudits from all corners of the electronic sound scape. With experimentation and artistic interpretation at the core of the Ten Walls project, the evolving live performance is every bit as creative and intricate as the productions. A visual show alongside brand new Ten Walls material performed live, aims to push creative boundaries, both sonically and visually at venues and festivals worldwide throughout 2014, like next week’s DGTL Festival.

So what about his latest creation, Walking With Elephants EP? The title track does not keep you waiting: a short intro sets the stage for those distinctive bass lines we all know from the Lithuanian producer. However, instead of sounding similar, Ten Walls’ talent shows in his ability to provide you with a truly new experience. It is indeed epic in its own way, and has all the requirements to make any house-loving crowd go crazy, as several DJ’s have already been proving in their sets. The buildup is perfectly balanced, and the break in the middle gives you exactly enough time to catch your breath, enjoy the crowd and regenerate just in time for a second run. This producer knows his timing, and Walking with Elephants proves once more why the hype around him is justified.

On to the second track, ‘Nochnoy Dozor’. It sounds as ominous as the name predicts, one of those filthy deep house tracks you love but can’t explain why. Distorted synths swing in and out of dissonance, children screaming in the background, a deep slightly vibrato bass, it all makes for an almost hypnotic sound. It seems that Ten Walls is experimenting with some new ideas, but his technical excellence makes the track accessible nonetheless.

It definitely sounds like Ten Walls has pulled it off again. Walking With Elephants has the potential to become another club anthem this summer, while the flip side of the single holds a more abstract production for the connoisseurs out there.

Check out Ten Walls next week during his performance on the first day of DGTL Festival, where he’ll be laying down one of his killer live performances at the Analog Stage.

Walking With Elephants EP is in stores on the 13th of April.

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Walking With Elephants

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Nochnoy Dozor

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