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Van Den Wolfe – The Wolfe Won’t Stop

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Jonathan Robinson

24.6.2020

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Thematic and immediately grabbing. This standard of modern funk and nu-disco wears its influences proudly, both in homage to classics and its own identity.

The Wolfe Won’t Stop

From the start we hear The Wolfe Won’t Stop embodying the classic features of electronic funk. The wet, grimy synth bass lines. The eccentric talkbox/vocoder delivery. The attitude filled lyrics and stylishly saccharin-soaked lyrical content. It’s all there within seconds – this track knows what it wants to be.

The percussive accompaniment maintains a certain dryness. Combined with counter melodies layered over the basslines, it serves to build a spacious but compellingly full rhythm section. Maintaining its presence for the majority of the track, this key element keeps the overlapping melodic work and compositional ‘clutter’ of the track anchored to an comprehensible beat.

Stylistically, a Daft Punk comparison is inevitable. However, with only slight inspection the production is distinctly West Coast flavoured. The pad tones and supportive vocal arrangement mix with the sound design to actualise a retro-futuristic view of contemporary instrumentation. 

In particular, the synth solos in the latter half of the track provide a sense of compositional awareness in the performance. Though the whole track is melodically inclined and evolves in its duration; the use of looped sections and predictable embellishments instils a sense of overt familiarity within seconds. However, any staleness brought around by this is dispelled when the electronic lead takes focus between the squelches from the bass and portrays the defining aspects of the work in every way. 

Fluid diatonic runs between resolutive chord tones keep the more adventurous melodic work grounded and accessibly rooted in the determined style of the track. More importantly, it adds a sonic respite to the relentless vocal flurries. This variation is a key aspect to the songs successful delivery and drastically improves the presence of the work to a standard listener.

  • Overall rating: 7.5/10
  • Pairs well with: Life Knower

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