Landing 10 years after his first concept album Full Circle, Wehbba announces the March release of his upcoming Straight Lines and Sharp Corners LP, marking his debut album on Drumcode.
Following a series of globally adored EPs and inclusions within the imprint’s esteemed A-Sides compilation series, the chart-dominating São Paulo native now reflects upon his life as ‘the artist’, offering an immersive montage of stories that echo a tenacious dedication to his craft. Enlisting the talents of multi-instrumentalist Thomas Gandey, Electroclash pioneer David Carretta and fellow Brazilian L-cio, with his unparalleled flute mastery, Wehbba’s synergetic cuts span the breadth of electronic music’s sonic landscape, as he challenges the notion of genres with seasoned voices.
Birthed from the purest inspiration, the album’s 13 cuts represent a myriad of musical references close to Wehbba’s heart, running parallel with the organic sensibilities of his field recordings. An ode to eternal growth, the LP highlights a cycle of perception and projection, as Wehbba studies the morphing of genres through his own musical filter.
Upon listening to the album in full, one of the things that’s noticeable throughout the LP is the consistency in quality. Each track fits in nicely one after another. There’s no question Wehbba can create some hard-hitting techno, there’s plenty of that here. Wehbba has a couple of tracks that have him stepping out of his techno comfort zone, exploring into new territory without straying too far from the rest of the album. It’s obvious that the producer had a lot of fun on this project and because of that, it came out great. We can expect longevity out of this album, seeing a lot of playtime during sets, especially with festival season around the corner.
Talking to Wehbba about the upcoming album, he commented:
“The musical references on these works trace back to the ’90s, when I started listening to electronic music and had no judgement of what was cool – when I was totally free. So they represent, without any filter, what touched me, ranging from braindance to goa trance, from ambient to hard house, and from drum n’ bass through every single mutation of techno and house music.” – Wehbba
As a key ambassador for Brazil’s dance music community on a global scale, Wehbba’s longstanding career has seen him affiliate with many of the industry greats on both remix and collaborative projects, a a testament to his flourishing reputation.
Following on from the geometric-led titles of his first two albums, Straight Lines and Sharp Corners alludes to the difficult decisions and blunt shifts he has faced in his career, and their capacity to shape his identity over time. Studying the great Antoni Gaudi, Wehbba’s third LP title takes reference from his perceptive quote, “There are no straight lines or sharp corners in nature, therefore buildings must have no straight lines or sharp corners.” “Anything created by human beings is already in the great book of nature.”
Straight Lines and Sharp Corners is set for release on 9 March 2020 via Drumcode.