Culminating numerous striking appearances at Berlin’s renowned Watergate, Ukrainian duo Woo York join the label with a stunning debut release: ‘Samum EP’. Their watertight reputation for crafting wondrous compositions reverberates emphatically in this powerful record, which highlights their zest for innovation and experimentation.
Listen to ‘Woo York – Samum EP’ here
Woo York’s Watergate Records debut maiden offering is mesmerizing. The team’s creative collision flared when they decided to experiment with authentic sounds to convey one-of-a-kind sensations to their crowds. The title track begins as a chugging key-laden cut before a stirring folky melody rises to the fore with beautiful intent. Replacing the synthetic with the raw, the duo utilizes the expressive Irish bagpipes to bring an almost housey note to the mix. The irresistible harmonies of electronic and instrumental notes overlaying a driving kick fuse seamlessly to create an atmospheric yet club-ready single.
The second track, named after the Prophet 12 synthesizer used for its production, is another attestation to their ardor for novelty. Characterized by unusual rhythmic sparks of elemental beats, hauntingly captivating vocals, and an entrancingly emotional synthline, this composition spotlights a peculiar sonic texture unique to the duo’s melodic signature. ‘Prophet’ has already been seen performed live by the artists at the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone for the Sounds of Chernobyl project, complemented by a noteworthy 3D alternate reality of the city.
“We love to experiment with our sound, because we always want to offer the listener something new,” the pair states. “We’re always excited to see the crowd’s reaction, it’s great when we can surprise them.”
Accompanying the package are two powerful remixes of ‘Samum’. The first is an emblematic take by fellow Ukrainian producer and live act, 8Kays, who maintains the track’s essence while adding her trademark somber touch, with spellbinding dark refrains and aerial allusions, underlining her crowd-control expertise. Concurrently, Greek artist Echonomist designs a rich and multi-faceted reinterpretation of the piece, customizing it with enticing percussion and mellisonant sirens that render it an ideal fit for the dance floor.
About Woo York
Since the start of their career in 2009, the Kiev-based duo Woo York has come a long way from being local heroes to becoming an internationally recognized live act with their own signature sound. They are constantly developing their live show, innovating with studio productions and widening their audience globally. With notable releases on Life And Death, Soma, Dystopian, Drumcode and Afterlife, the latter home to their critically acclaimed 2018 album ‘Chasing the Dream’, they now join Watergate Records with a show-stopping EP, ‘Somum’. Woo York’s improvisational, hardware-based live set combines both energetic and experimental techno elements with acid leads and euphoric atmospheres. They deliver a powerful, driving, dark-yet-sophisticated sound that is truly singular within today’s techno scene. They now have a touring schedule including many of the most revered events worldwide and show no signs of slowing down.