#Woraklsweek Day 7 – "Chemin"

 

 

It’s the 7th and final day of ‪#‎Woraklsweek‬ so let’s end with a fantastic finish. Throughout the course of this week I have posted a different song by the amazingly talented French DJ, who as of yet has not even remotely gained the appreciation he deserves. Worakls specialises in Minimalist House and constructs some truly beautiful atmospheres for us to just melt away into. I really hope these songs have given you an awesome insight into his work and have opened your eyes to the possibilities of electronic music today.

 

Our final song is “Chemin”. I won’t say too much about how Worakls put this one together, as I’m sure you’re already aware of how beautiful Worakls weaves different melodic fragments in and out of focus, creating an amazingly mellow vibe to chill you out. What makes this song particularly amazing is the different pitched percussion instruments that are use to simulate the different noises that rain can create in a city. Hearing this song while out and about is definitely the best experience it can give you as it really makes you think about how different each and every sounds can appear to you if you give it the chance. The overtones are all there in our natural world and through this change in perception – as cheesy as this is going to sound – music really can be anywhere.

 

So one final time for this week, and hopefully in the future if you stumble across more of the genius of Worakls in your travels, I give you this parting gift: “Chemin.”

 

Adam Hitchen

#Woraklsweek Day 6 – "Porto"

 

 

Day 6 of ‪#‎Woraklsweek‬. Each day I’ll post a different song by the amazingly talented French DJ, who as of yet has not even remotely gained the appreciation he deserves. Worakls specialises in Minimalist House and constructs some truly beautiful atmospheres for us to just melt away into.

 

Saturday is a day for a samba, so I thought I’d go with something with a bit of a Spanish flavour for today’s track: “Porto“.

 

The track is centred entirely around layering different acoustic guitar parts while sticking to the tried and tested house beat. The assymetrical phrasing of the melody helps to keep the track fresh (along with each new musical layer) and works over the slow, trance-like chord movement that borrows from Spanish folk songs to bring a typical flavour of Flamenco music into your dose of electronica.

 

Once again, the name of the game is subtlety and reflectiveness – and the tune is one of the best Worakls has produced. Ladies, gentlemen and people of fluid or non-specified gender, I present to you “Porto“.

 

~ Adam Hitchen

#Woraklsweek Day 5 – "Soleil de Plomb"

 

Day 5 of ‪#‎Woraklsweek‬. Each day I’ll post a different song by the amazingly talented French DJ, who as of yet has not even remotely gained the appreciation he deserves. Worakls specialises in Minimalist House and constructs some truly beautiful atmospheres for us to just melt away into.

 

Today was supposed to be a solar eclipse apparently… as you would expect, this would usually entail a sun shining very brightly on a warm day. Wrong. Oh well, as Worakls’ song “Soleil de Plomb” will help to bring the sun to you! (For those who aren’t aware, “Soleil de Plomb” translates as a sun shining beautifully).

 

Today’s track creates a beautiful blend of piano melodies and standard house music conventions – a fuzzy, distorted bassline, vocal-like hits and a building drumline that helps the track become something truly special.

 

Once again, the name of the game in this song is layers – each musical layer is beautifully interwoven with the others to create a specific atmosphere. In the case of “Soleil de Plomb”, the mood that Worakls has gone for is an uplifting sense of energy, while remaining within the relaxing minimalist house vibe that he often creates.

 

At this stage, I’ll stop my incoherent babbling of music jargon and let you guys make your own minds up!

 

~ Adam Hitchen

#Woraklsweek Day 4 – "Elea"

Day 4 of ‪#‎Woraklsweek‬. Each day I’ll post a different song by the amazingly talented French DJ, who as of yet has not even remotely gained the appreciation he deserves. Worakls specialises in Minimalist House and constructs some truly beautiful atmospheres for us to just melt away into.

 

Thursday can be dramatic for many reasons. For some reason Thursdays just seem to be filled with action and stress – possibly because we know the weekend’s just around the corner but it’s not quite tangible at this point.

 

For this reason, I’ve selected Elea. It’s a slight change of pace, with more driving cinematic strings as the central theme, kicking in from the very beginning and filling you with a sense of urgency before the house beat and chilling electronics kick in. There’s a definite sense of loss and thoughtfulness in this record, with the vocal-like drone in the background and the minor key in the bell sounds and heavily edited marimba melodies. When the strings come back they cement the sense of time running out – just as you would expect from a film score.

 

The overall effect can be slightly overwhelming at times when you feel like there’s just too much to do, but the orchestration works absolutely perfectly in proving that Worakls isn’t afraid to tackle very difficult instrumentation and work outside of his comfort zone to bring you a class A record. Hit it up.

 

~ Adam Hitchen

#Woraklsweek Day 3 – Bleu

 

Day 3 of ‪#‎Woraklsweek‬. Each day I’ll post a different song by the amazingly talented French DJ, who as of yet has not even remotely gained the appreciation he deserves. Worakls specialises in Minimalist House and constructs some truly beautiful atmospheres for us to just melt away into.

 

Having a bit of a blue Wednesday? Well who says blue (or should I say, “Bleu“?) has to be sad? This wonderful tune is one of the more reflective songs in Worakls catalogue, the looped guitar line creating a beautifully melancholic mood for all of the wonderful marimbas, glocks and chimes to sit in. The overall effect is one of complete and utter peace, and as always with the Worakls touch, each new layer brings with it a new sense of contentment.

 

As the piece goes on you’ll find yourself picking out each and every layer and how it weaves into the mix – at first the marimbas are the sole focus, followed by the guitar. But as you get further into the song you may find these elements slipping out of your focus in lieu of new sounds – and it’s not that they’ve gone away, they’re all just building to that perfect atmosphere.

 

I hope you’ve got a good pair of headphones for this one!

 

~ Adam Hitchen

#Woraklsweek Day 2 – Remix of N'to's "Trauma"

 

Day 2 of ‪#‎Woraklsweek‬. Each day I’ll post a different song by the amazingly talented French DJ, who as of yet has not even remotely gained the appreciation he deserves. Worakls specialises in Minimalist House and constructs some truly beautiful atmospheres for us to just melt away into.

 

If you’re having a traumatic Tuesday, Worakls has got you covered with this fantastic remix of labelmate’s N’to’s “Trauma“. Let’s be honest, remixing is more than slapping a different beat on the track and a handful of effects. An effective remix will completely strip the track back and complete an entirely different vibe for the track. N’to’s original “Trauma” is an edgy electronic masterpiece with an in-your-face attitude when it comes to sinking you into the music.

 

Worakls takes the track’s core melody and adds in much more mellow, almost trance-like moving chords and some drone elements to create a much more reflective atmosphere. His breaks include his signature cinematic style of songwriting and the typical tinkles are in there to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. This is 10 minutes of pure bliss,and if you don’t click the link you’re seriously missing out.

 

~ Adam Hitchen

#Woraklsweek Day 1 – Salzburg

 

This week is Worakls Week, because I’ve decided. Deal. Each day I’ll post a different song by the amazingly talented French DJ, who as of yet has not even remotely gained the appreciation he deserves. Worakls specialises in Minimalist House and constructs some truly beautiful atmospheres for us to just melt away into.

 

Point in case, Salzburg. Possibly one of my best discoveries of the year so far, the song continues to build on its solid foundation, each new layer bringing with it a new layer of peace. It’s reflective, that’s for sure. Oh, and it tinkles – I do love a good Glockenspiel!

 

~ Adam Hitchen