Dwig – What’s Paradise (Original Mix)
Ludwig Völker has been operating under the Dwig moniker since his debut EP ‘Fettwanzenblues‘ was released in 2009. The alias is an acronym for ‘Die Wiese Im Garten‘, translating as ‘the meadow in the garden‘. As well as being a poetic statement, the metaphor is reflective of his irenic sound. Drawing influence from the genres of jazz, hip-hop, techno and house, his output creates a harmonious blend of the acoustic with the synthetic. His 2017 release ‘What’s Paradise’ exemplifies the downtempo nature of his production. Described as “a tribute to one of the most important questions in life“, it is deep house at it’s most immersive state.
Coming from an LP of the same name, Ear Candy Music describes Dwig’s third release as “bittersweet, touching and textured“. Tracks such as ‘Feige Dattel‘ and ‘Different Days‘ indicate that the Thuringian forest-raised producer sees the role of drums to serve a primary, rather subservient purpose. This is no different in the case of ‘What’s Paradise’, where the articulate craftsmanship of the drumwork adds a home-listening aspect to the intro. The heavy feedback drenched, murky keys that accompany delayed gramophone samples would make you question whether this was Boards of Canada making house music upon first listen. Despite, the kick having a 4×4 structure, the spirit of the track feels rooted in jazzy trip-hop. Dwig’s music is usually absent of leading vocals, however, here we find what sounds like a short, pitched-down Seal sample. A YouTube comment labels it ‘sad vibe ethereal‘. Another questions whether this could be labelled as ‘melodark techno’. Regardless of the stickering, the tone of the resulting track forms a triune of atmosphere, nostalgia and tranquility.
Dwig has remained a mainstay at Giegling over the years, with a few side releases on the Cologne-based label Laut & Luise. He met the rest of the collective at the renowned Bauhaus University in Weimar. The school prides itself in being a leader of the artistic and technical fields. A combination ‘What’s Paradise’ balances well. The approach of attention to the finer details (likely borrowed from the architecture lectures undertaken), mean that his tracks are befitting for the set ups found in audiophile music bars across the world.