Wiwek debuts on Barong Family imprint with JungleTerror short-player [EP Review]
The beauty of a burgeoning market is the immediate need to push things out of its comfort zone. Utrecht’s Wiwek has been of similar suit to the Dutch big room circuit over the past 12-months, paving the way for a chaotic and tropoical take on the sound now immediately recognizable as his own. The JungleTerror EP sees the young Dutchman inaugurated into Yellow Claw’s Barong Family imprint, pairing a relentless and unapologetically fierce talent alongside a label whose mantra of loud and proud club fuel has already been dutifully stamped. With landmarks as “On Your Mark” and “Salute” under his belt for 2014, this notable first for Wiwek shows an artist on the rise and unwavering in his mission to dominate the sound on his own terms.
Heavy kicks and piecing leads make “Global March” the first indication of the tone set for JungleTerror, putting the emphasis firmly on the beats for its opening mark. Alongside national peer Alvaro, the MC Spyder voiced “Boomshakatak” is pure dancehall energy with Dutch big room twist, looping infectious vocal samples and rolling beats with considerable force. The dotted leads and chugging undertones of “Play That Tune” keep the theme alive and adrenaline fuelled from start to finish, leaving “Balderdash” to cap proceedings with a disjointed and equally evocative original cut. Wiwek has come a long way since breaking the mold with his can-slapping big room panache. The JungleTerror EP is on-point with Barong’s own dance floor etiquette, not to mention irrefutable proof of the Dutch breakout’s ongoing expansion as a festival staple bringing new and perfected energy to the world of European big room.