Published Jun 01, 2016WEVAL are a young Amsterdam duo who feel as much like a product of the Kompakt music scene as an addition to it. After putting out the bright and lush debut EP Half Age on Amsterdam-based electronic label Atomnation in 2013, the duo were snatched up by the prominent German microhouse label to release their self-titled debut.
Their 12-track LP shows WEVAL continuing their ambitious streak, crafting each track with its own personality, as the duo employ steely-cold sample-based tracks ("The Battle"), vocal-assisted funk tracks ("Square People") and chopped and screwed movers ("You Made It (Part 1)" and "You Made it (Part II)"), all anchored by WEVAL's knack for forward-moving rhythm. Messing with pitch, time, space and rhythm help give their self-titled album an engrossing, buoyant feel that never feels stale or redundant.
With their debut full-length, WEVAL have proven that they're willing to approach their music with their ears wide open and their possibilities endless. (Kompakt)