Published Mar 25, 2014Dutch producer Danny Wolfers is embracing his love for 1990s-era dance forms by grabbing hold of some of that retro technology, in this case the Roland JV-2080 digital synthesizer. It's this synth and a germanium crystal compressor that Wolfers used to create the rich textures found on Crystal Cult 2080. Crafting a sort of galactic form of synth-heavy techno and house, Wolfers — under the moniker Legowelt — delivers a solid batch of dance floor-friendly tunes that are just weird enough to be remarkable.
The quirky use of vocal snippets, such as on opening track "Experiential Awakening" and the almost frightening "Excalibur R8MK2," concocts an off-kilter narrative through which the producer weaves washes of noise, driving drum patterns and highly engaging synth melodies. With Crystal Cult 2080, Wolfers essentially flips John Carpenter on his head, fuses him to a drum machine, and drops him smack in the middle of a sweaty warehouse. (Crème Organization)