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New Music For Thursday: ViLLΛGE

This kid from Romania is churning out some of the deepest, most soulful electronic music we’ve ever heard. Imagine a jellyfish playing some really bassy, distorted steel drums. Or ignore our terrible description and just listen for yourself.

ViLLΛGE

There’s very little information on this guy on the internet, but we can tell you that his real name is Vali Dragomir and he’s from Romania, and from the few pictures of him and the stuff he says on his Facebook page we’re guessing he’s in his late-teens/early-twenties.

His remixes have been popping up all over my YouTube subscriptions box for the past year, and I must admit they had been a little hit and miss, but in November he released his 6-track debut EP “Takeover” on Origami Sound and it’s bloody brilliant. Here’s the blurb on Bandcamp by Origami Sound:

They say catchiness is recipe-based and dance music industry producers make a living trying to find and apply the perfect balance and chemistry between particular elements. However once in a blue moon some guy comes out of nowhere and touches on a bunch of soft spots with a witty seamlessness – what one might call a prodigy. 

ViLLΛGE has been in charge with our visual side, the go-to guy for anything from video trailers to VJing during our club nights. He couldn’t avoid making some music of his own and it just so happens that it’s not only up to par with everything that Origami Sound stands for but also a testament of his seemingly infinite potential and fantastic sense of quality and appeal. 

I find it hard to get my head around how young, inexperienced and undiscovered he is, given the quality and purity in his productions and his maturity in the way he constructs and dissects his compositions. While most producers at his age are following the textbook formula –  long build-up to an powerful hook before a breakdown leading into a repetition of a similar build-up – ViLLΛGE maps out the course of his track in his head, intricately layering and distorting the components to seemlessly weave them together into one coherent sound, which he then constantly chops up and reanimates, to make the elements pulsate and fluctuate like… errm… I’m struggling with this now…

It’s kinda like a jellyfish. A jellyfish playing some really bassy, distorted steel drums.

Yep, that was my honest attempt at an articulate description of music: “it sounds like a jellyfish”.

Sorry ViLLΛGE, I’ve sold you a bit short there.

Just listen for yourself, and then go and get all 6 beauties on Takeover here.

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