UK producer and DJ Seb Wildblood spins at Robinia in the wake of a gorgeously restrained debut album. Info
London-based electronic musician Seb Wildblood will be spinning a DJ set at this edition of Robinia's Jams series, but the best preparation for it might be to listen to his recently released first album of original productions, Sketches Of Transition. The gently gyrating vocal sample on "Twenty Eight," the swelling synth chords of "One For Malcolm," and the frizzy snares of "Small Talk" all fit into a sound world that evokes the strange peace and longing of watching the dawn after staying up all night. The album follows a busy run of singles and EPs, but it's still an accomplishment for a producer to stretch such a cohesive atmosphere across a debut full-length, and to tease out the variety of rhythmic and melodic nuances Wildblood does here. It's as if he has one foot in ambient music, but the other still firmly planted in more dance-friendly realms.
Wildblood's DJ mixes reconcile that sense of lush restraint with a slightly more aggressive pulse. I especially enjoy a set he created for DJ Mag in February, embedded below—it plays joyous house beats off of spacey comforts, letting listeners/dancers hover in an at once lively and meditative zone. Also spinning here is Madison resident Ben Silver, a member of the Chicago-founded DJ trio Orchard Lounge and a skilled solo DJ in his own right, who discussed his taste for "the more psychedelic side of house, techno, and everything in between" in a 2016 interview with Tone Madison's Joel Shanahan. The other Madisonian on this bill, DJ MCG, does solid work as the host of WSUM's Sunday-night House Every Sunday program. —Scott Gordon