Ian Pooley’s ‘What I Do’ Out Now on Beatport USA/Canada
Germany’s Ian Pooley shares the next part of his legacy with his fifth album, ‘What I Do’, after a four year hiatus. Twenty years into his professional career, he is regarded as both a cult underground DJ and established mainstream producer. His latest work builds on his past and delivers a polished body of work that sounds both classic and fresh. Over the course of fifteen tracks, ‘What I Do’ walks a similarly tactile path, refreshing the listener on Pooley’s fullbodiedand engaging approach but realigning his signature sound. Tracks such as ‘Compurhythm’ and ‘Tale Of The Big City’ connect firmly with the dancefloor, while others, such as ‘Get It On’, allow Pooley to experiment with slow hip hop rhythms and stimulating frequencies. He is still more than capable of delivering polished productions, ‘1983’ featuring guest vocals from Hogni Egittsson and ‘Bring Me Up’ featuring our own All Dom Wrong being prime examples.
Pooley’s vast collection of analog gear and wealth of experience result in a smoothfinesse. “The new album is more raw. I produced a lot of the tracks in the old school way, how I used to work in the nineties. All the sounds were created and programmed on analog gear,” Ian Pooley explains. “I played a lot of the basslines and pads by hand. I recorded a 10 minute take and later would edit out the highlights. On each track I tried to focus on two to three machines.”
This patience is indicative of his deep passion and is also signalled in the four-year breaksince his last album, the same period that separated his previous two albums. But the move from the major to the underground can be heard in the music with,synth-led journeys and crisp drum rhythms at the heart of this album.