Whiney – Talisman

Drum and bass producer Whiney impressed us last year with his ‘Stranger Tides’ EP. For his first exclusive Med School release, he made the case for his place on the label’s reputable roster. Known for nurturing young talent, Med School has found yet another rising star with Whiney. His debut full-length album showcases the 22-year-old’s artistry and his awareness of the various sonic avenues through which he can take his production.

Talisman kicks off with the title track, a bass-heavy assault with sonic tinges of the Arabian Nights. The middle-eastern influences continue on half-time stepper ‘Minds Eye’, but these dark and mysterious productions don’t dominate the record. Whiney’s collaboration with Urbandawn on ‘Sun Kissed’ lives up to its name for being the most summertime-oriented production on the album.

Whiney likes to combine euphoric build-ups alongside verses packed with musical menace and intensity following the drop. Both ‘Portal’ and ‘Archive’ are prime examples of this popular approach often used by the likes of Hospital contemporaries Reso and S.P.Y. 

Talisman showcases the 22-year-old’s artistry and his awareness of the various sonic avenues through which he can take his production.

Inja has become the go-to vocal talent for drum ‘n’ bass producers. He’s teamed up with S.P.Y. and Logistics and also collaborated with Whiney last year alongside Hugh Hardie on “Blind Eyes’. ‘Flashlight’ adopts a similar sinister sub buzz to these previous collaborations with Inja driving the rhythm with his rhymes. To lighten the atmosphere Whiney then teams up with Keeno on ‘Never Too Long’ – the opening piano chords instantly recognisable as the latter producer’s trademark sound.   

Lakeway adds texture to ‘Last Contact’ but his vocal appearance isn’t as memorable as Inja’s flow. Even Whiney seems a little unsure of the track with the whole production sounding too twitchy. When comparing it to the epic conclusion of ‘Rock Hopper’ and ‘The Farthest Shore’ (feat. Unglued), its place on the album is questionable.   

However, it’s a minor blip in what is a consistent and inspired debut album.


Noteworthy Details

Whiney shows great skill on his debut LP
A mixture of industrial heaviness and melodic bliss
Some great collaborations 

 

Rating

8/10



Track List
1. Talisman
2. Beyond Reach
3. Oxford Road
4. Portal
5. Sun Kissed (feat. Urbandawn)
6. Minds Collide
7. Archive
8. Flashlight (feat. Inja)
9. Never Too Long (feat. Keeno)
10. Last Contact (feat. Lakeway)
11. Rock Hopper
12. The Farthest Shore (feat. Unglued)