Although there may ever again come a track, sufficiently capable of outshining the stainless Space Junk, Joey Youngman, better known as Wolfgang Gartner, does certainly not yield his firm and relentless crusade towards global acclamation. Recognized by his high standards and the characteristic merge of gorgeous break-down melodies and asper beats, Mr. Youngman has recently come out with his freshly squeezed debut album, entitled ”Weekend In America”. Despite the fairly short period of time the Los Angeles-based producer has spent within the walls of electronic dance music, his reputation proceeds him and has steadily immersed into the very heart of clubland to now be undoubtedly classified as one of the big guns.
Striking Beatport with his first release in late 2007 through the San Francisco-residing OM Records, it was not until 2010 and the indenture with the regally influential Ultra Records that the genuine and extraordinary creativeness of Gartner faced prosperity across the scene. Releasing such anthemic pieces as Conscindo (with Mark Knight), Animal Rights (with Deadmau5), Undertaker, Illmerica and the aforesaid Space Junk, 2010 became a fruitful year for the American and ended with a nomination at the Grammy Awards for his remix on Andy Caldwell in 2008. Followed by numerous months spent obligatedly cooped up in the studio to prepare his first album release, which was given an early-bird taste earlier this year with the release of Forever, featuring the voice of Will.I.Am, ”Weekend In America” has arrived and it sure was worth the wait.
Amongst the eleven released and unreleased single tracks, I encountered a hit of great measures that made me utterly aware of my strong indulgence for unprecedented and harmonic break-downs. The Way It Was – the single that heavily borrows and enacts elements from the late 1900’s, to many, cumberless lifestyle – augments these signature dynamics and unfolds an exceptional merge of sounds. Harmony, euphoria and powerfulness are all weaved together into a downrightly uplifting melody of catchy chords that gears up to be replaced as the drop climax emerges and emits a setting of vigorous, warped beats – just the way Gartner likes it!