Ukrainian duo, Woo York, makes their debut on elite, Italian based record label Life & Death with this intriguing and marvelous EP. The act had already been turning heads with their improvisational live act and their productions have come a long way as well. Valley of Songs displays every element of smooth and embracing techno but also features the ethnic, world charm that many overly mechanical tracks tend to miss.
One could almost describe Valley Of Songs as tropical techno, for you’ll hear many soft, chimey synths and the overall tone is much brighter than usual. Trading dark and intense for something more mysterious and organic, the title track ushers you in with its soothing groove, while Odyssey and Black Soul feature heavier kicks that are slightly more compelling and danceable. The final tune Distance contains a great gurgling bassline and acts a suitable climax to the EP. Lets not forget about the bonus track, He And She, which takes it back to housier domain but has some subtle 303s to keep things nice and weird.
Valley Of Songs is a unique and naturalistic experience that fits right in with Life & Death Records. Woo York is building up an impressive resume of sophisticated sounds and are absolutely one of the most significant techno teams to look out for this year.