Irrepressible Dutchman Legowelt is to release a new album in the coming months. Entitled ‘Crystal Code 2080’, it will come on Crème Organization and has been preceded by a sampler EP that featured one track from it.
The ‘2080’ part of the album title is taken from the Roland JV2080, a legendary digital synthesizer from the nineties that was used a lot in the making of the album. Bought second-hand in Tokyo for a couple of hundred dollars, it lends the record a very dewy eyed soul, whilst the ‘Crystal’ part of the title stands for the self-made ‘DIY germanium crystal compressor’ Legowelt used throughout the writing process.
The album itself features ten new tracks of pure Legowelt music mainly recorded in The Hague in the past year, but also on the road during tours of LA, the Californian desert, Tokyo (which spawned ‘Crystal Cult 2080’) and Tejada Gran Canaria (where ‘The Future of Myself’ was written.) Where his last album The Paranormal Soul was an organic trip into misty forests, this one seems more concerned with medieval spirits; it’s deeper, darker and the whole thing is tied together by a more coherent sense of ancient alchemy.
Given the use of a DIY germanium crystal compressor during production, it’s no wonder everything feels warm, fuzzy and mystic in a way that draws your attention in like that fabled philosopher’s stone... glare too long and you might just turn to stone. Right from the opening track the mood is so encapsulating you are drawn right into Danny Wolfers’ mysterious electronic world. From there various different tempos are explored and plenty of famed synthesiser work comes to the fore, wrapping grooves in trippy themes, impish spirits and plenty of organic lushness.
Crystal Cult 2080 is sure to prove another lucid and distinctive chapter in the ever-captivating story that is the musical career of Legowelt.
"This one will be on my headphone for a while. Inspired album !!! Thanks for this."
Zadig (Construct Re-Form)
"This man is from another plan, now I know !! "
Ozka (Mowar, Other Heights, Dot, RE(FORM), Wolfskuill, Clermont)
"A couple of things here have caught my ear already after a quick browse through. looking forward to checking it out properly."
Nick Höppner (OstGut Ton)
"Always interested in hearing what he has been up to. Very inspiring stuff."
"instant classic! Awesome!"
0x4644 (BLN.FM, Berlin)
"A space-age masterpiece!"
"Excalibur is a killer. And the cover een giller. Scheveningen massive does it again. "
Rene Passet (Dj Broadcast / Oor / Kindamuzik.net
, Den Haag)
"As always quality, never disappoints and everytime impresses."
rookas (DAI, Kaunas)
"An absolutely breathtaking album, pure brilliance!"
Youri Jozee (Beats And Beyond)
"cool 1 again by Legowelt!"
Michel De Hey
"Excalibur & Fundamental are highlights amongst highlights. Somebody stop him! (Jim Carrey voice)"
Gabriel Szatan (Pitchfork / Boiler Room)
"some cuts in there!"
Enrico Crivellaro (Archive/Neroli, Verona)
"Legowelt does it again! "
Lapien, Artefakt (Field, Berlin)
"Great (as always) .. i like the trancey touch on some of the tracks ... like 'Experiential Awakening' and 'Ancient Rites Demoni Mundi'"
DYNAMONS (ECHOVOLT/INTO THE LIGHT, ATHENS)
"I've just turned my Roland XV5080 back on because of this guy. Prolific and super talented. I know this album will be on repeat for quite a while. Early favourites are 'Fundamental Superstition', 'When The Spring Comes Again' and 'Excalibur R8MK2'. Top notch as always from Sir Legowelt."
"Deep on all levels"
Jazzface (DJ Jazzface/URB Magazine, Stavanger)
"Legowelt's incredible productivity never seems to affect the quality of his output! Great album, some amazing tearjerking compositions in here!"
Darko Esser (Doornroosje, Nijmegen)
Fred P / Black Jazz Consortium (Soul People Music)
"I do really enjoy this album. lots of myst in there"
Jean Pierre Enfant (Les Enfants Terribles/Trouw, Amsterdam)
"So much great music in here!!!!"
"some great tracks here - esp feeling 7 and 9 on first listen. thanks. "
Dave Mothersole (Proton Radio, Worthing)
"not going to listen to samples but I'm sure it's great. want to listen to the full album properly. legowelt is always a class act."
Bryan Kasenic (The Bunker NY, Brooklyn)
"Lot's of great stuff inside. Like it!"
Paul Boex (Dynamic Reflection)
"Pure GOLD !!!! Amazing !!!!!!! "
Nick Anthony Simoncino (HotMix Records, Italy)
"Legowelt never dissapoint -- Full support from me as always "
"So many faves here and THAT peculiar sound. He's a true master. Thx!"
MuteOscillator (Ksoul & MuteOscillator )
Delta Funktionen (Ann Aimee, Berlin)
"lots of beautiful stuff on here… wonderful!"
Kirk Degiorgio (ART, Ipswich, Suffolk)
"interesting & different, Great lp "
DJ Billy Nasty (Tortured & Electrix Records, Hove )
"Another stunning Legowelt joint!"
Sven VT (De-bug, Berlin)
"Great journey into analog universe, deep sounds and atmospheres ! Brilliant !"
"interesting album! thx"
Sascha Dive (Deep Vibes Recordings)
"great ! thx "
GoldFFinch (Turbo, Dirty Bird)
"i enjoyed the first half of the album the most .... great musicianship, lovely memorable melodies great production ...top job"
Dave Ellesmere (Graphene / Belief System, Berlin)
"Great lp "
DJ Billy Nasty (Tortured & Electrix Records, Hove )
"LEGOWELT = LEGEND Thnx for putting out this album !"
Dj Simbad (Various / Browsnwood Rec.)
"what an trip legowelt is on fire full support hell"
Dj Hell (Gigolo Records, Berlin)
"sounds amazing so far, thanks"
Richard Akingbehin (Hyponik)
"loving psychotic endurance and fundamental superstition. in a fair world they'd be top 40 hits."
A Made Up Sound / 2562 (When In Doubt, Utrecht)
"I would like to join the cult."
Tim Sweeney (Beats In Space)
"Great! Can't wait to give this a full listen. So many lovely tracks on here."
Lakker / Eomac
"amazing album, danny delivered. very coherent and interesting record, this will be played a lot"
Jan Kinčl Zero (Radio808, Zagreb)
Vincent Pollard (Exclaim, Toronto, Ontario)
"Simultaneously sounds like everything you've heard before and nothing like anything you've heard before. A delight that can span home listening and wearing down 12" grooves on a big system."
Simon Whight (Data Transmission / Inverted Audio / Ibiza Voice, Ashton-Under-Lyne)
"Another fantastic excursion into the realm of synthesis courtesy of Mr Wolfers, makes me want to revive my 1080 to see what lurks beneath the shiny exterior :)"
Owain Kimber (Innate, Cardiff)
"nngffdsjasfdajklsjklsdf this is great"
"Only had the briefest of flick-throughs but this sounds absolutely amazing. Will d/l and support on the radio. Thanks!"
Dave TTB (TOTHEBONE, London)
"Awesome! Absoultely love this...a big fan of Legowelt and this LP sounds fantastic. Big up!"
Vince Watson (Bio Music, Amsterdam)
"always that same feeling with legowelt music. it sounds nice, having a good time while listening to it but any track in particular has been printed in my mind at the end - paradox."
Fred Deepsounds (Deepsounds.fr
Tomaz (22tracks, Sint Pieters Leeuw)
"Amazing production levels across the whole record. Top Quality as usual from Legowelt! "
Dax J (Monnom Black)
"Fundamental Superstition for club but whole album sounds great, as expected."
"fundamental superst. is my pick here.."
"Still don't get Legowelt unfortunately"
Mosca (Ann Aimee, BBC Radio 1, London)
"Beautiful stuff, no doubt. But honestly I´m not sure if I can use it. Legowelt did so many great tracks in the last years that it´s hard to make something new that stands out of all these releases."
Norman Nodge (MDR, Berlin)
"quality as expected. hard to pick favorite on a first listen but "Ancient rites demoni mundi" and "Cyberspace is still happenin' for real" are stand out tracks for me."
Leri Ahel (Mutant Disco Radio Show, Rijeka)
Marko Nastic (Radio B92 / Exit Festival, Belgrade)
"ooooofffttttttt !!!!!!!! SO FUCKIN AMAZING !!!!! AAAAARRRGGGHHHHHHHHH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Marco Bernardi (Take the Elevator, Bristol)
"A Legowelt album is always welcome! "
Ksoul (Ksoul & MuteOscillator, TORINO)
"Sick sick album! Planet Legowelt. 10/10"
Kid Culture (DJ Mag NL)
"oei exciting stuff!"
Nuno Dos Santos (kollektiv, utrecht)
"Oh Danny boy, the synths, the synths are.... :) "
"Very interesting Album from legowelt. Can´t wait to play this out. "
Bleak (c/o DRB Produktion, Stockholm)
"Always top quality stuff from a top quality artist! Full suport! "
Chille jr. (Night Moves@Fnoob radio, Koprivnica)
Sandrien (Imprint/Trouw, Amsterdam)
"Another world was created!"
Innershades (Roze Balletten, Aalst)
"u cant fuck with legowelt. in a league of his own..."
Hunee (Hunch Music / Rush Hour, Los Angeles)
"Quality Artist - Quality album. Absolutely brilliant listening experience from a machine master!"
Claude Young (Different World Productions, Fukui (Japan) / Detroit (USA))
"love it "
Domenic Cappello (Sub Club)
"good shit $_$"
House Of Traps (Firecracker Records, Edinburgh)
"Hooray! I've been waiting for this for a long time. Can't wait to play it out."
Andrew Duke (Andrew Duke In The Mix/Cognition Audioworks, Halifax NS)
Koen van Bommel (Noisey (Vice))
Charlton/Tapirus (Mord / Krill Music /Midnight Shift, Rotterdam)
"The man from Scheveningen delivers again, nice spread of techno and house in the well known quality, great sleeve too. "
Kuczera (Intergalactic FM, heerlen)
"10 points for the dutchman. Love this album!"
Dimi Angélis (A&S, Traut Muzik, Balans) (Dimi Angélis, Amsterdam)
Tim Thaler (BLN FM, Berlin)
"lovely stuff, thanks!"
James Fox / Severn Beach
"amazing. Homerun "
Locked Groove (Hotflush / Turbo, Antwerpen)