Review: Wally Callerio – The Love Safari Vol.2 [Dufflebag Records]


Wally Callerio is a long time house talent. The American has been turning out top beats for nearly two decades now, and in that time has linked with assured labels like DFTD, Modern Revival and many others. He also heads up his own label, Dufflebag Recordings, and now puts out a second volume of a series called The Love Safari, four years after the first.

His style is rooted in classic, deep and Chicago styled house music and that is the case again here across eight well realised tunes. They veer from early evening warmers to more pumping and peak time jams, but each one retains a real sense of character and that most essential of traits: timelessness.

A couple of the cuts are collabs, namely the opener Quincy’s Groove ft. Chuck Daniels. It is a feel good hose tune that brims with colourful chords and has airy, big hue drums driving it along below. Elsewhere Figuring It Out is another great tune that is alive and real sounding, with real character in the sounds rather than just boring plastic textures like much computer made music.

Got 2 Keep On is an effortless tune that again makes you feel happy thanks to the great male vocal and crisp boom bap in the drums. Poetry in Motion is a little grittier and more for late night floors, with spooky sci-fi synths and filtered vocals that are deep and dark. Momentum is another heads down cut with bouncy drums and a slick bassline, then Audio Graffiti kicks right off with tribal tom sounds, freaky synths whirring in all directions and new jack swing feel that really bangs. The two final tunes are yet more breezy house goodness that proves Wally is a master of his art and round out this real in real style.

Grab it on Beatport.


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