Twenty-two-year old Sam Walton (not to be confused with the founder of Walmart, natch) has been putting out a steady stream of music simply as Walton on the revered Hyperdub imprint since 2011. With a few EPs under his belt, the Manchester native comes forth with a debut full-length, Beyond, released on Monday.
One of the best things Beyond has going for it is its marriage of house, techno, hip-hop, grime, and funky UK bass. The album is a tremendous statement for the up-and-comer, and though it may seem an odd pairing, there is something to love about finding the perfect balance between music the doesn’t normally flow together.
And that’s perhaps best exemplified on “Need to Feel,” a fresh, relaxed chaser to its hip-hop-driven title-track opener. Walton builds out today’s Track of the Day first with a simple piano loop and crisp percussion, then jettisons the jazzy house vibe for a funky bassline that gives the track an entirely different feeling.