Julian Jeweil – Color review
French producer Julian Jeweil makes his debut for German techno trailblazers, Cocoon. Sven Vath’s imprint deliver three original Jeweil productions that immediately lent themselves to the sound of the Frankfurt label.
Having been an important player on Marseille’s building electronic music scene for over the last six years, Julian Jeweil is beginning to achieve global success. Signing to Cocoon has given him the chance to outstretch his reach even further as he continues to grow his ever expanding fan base. With “Color,” he has grabbed the opportunity with both hands and delivered three tracks that not only stand up to highly esteemed label, but continues to push it further.
Building on 2006’s bona fide hit “Air Conditionné” EP on Skrytom with remixes for and collaborations with people such as Tiesto, Umek, Sébastien Léger and Oxia has put the Frenchman in a promising position. Perfect timing for him then that he gets a Cocoon release just months before the 2010 Ibiza season. Fittingly, all three tracks on this release would suit the huge dancefloors of the White Isle. “Color” sizzles beneath the surface before swirling synths and pulsating basslines collide. You can almost hear the ice cannons firing during these drops and then easing off again as the track strips down to its pure techno bones before building itself up again. “Amore” builds more subtlety at first but some bigger breaks take over the FX and atmospherics in what turns out to be a techno juggernaught. Finishing the release is the bass driven “Soho.” Hand claps and post acid sounds swash above some deep murmurings of sub bass, building tension until super thrusts of uncompromising techno bass send the track into overdrive.
You just get the sense that these are important times for Julian Jeweil. However, if he continues to work to the standards set in this release then we are likely to be seeing more and more of this techno star in the making.
Review: Tom Jones