Sydney producer/DJ Alison Wonderland wears her heart on her sleeve(d tall tee) and is renowned for her intoxicating live shows, but how does her sophomore album Awake stack up? Well, it’s definitely good enough…
Wonderland (Alex Scholler) has been teasing opening track Good Enough live for some time, and now it finally gets an official release; former principal cellist in the Sydney Youth Orchestra Scholler uses her classical instrument to add texture and identity to the thumping two-minute opener. Likewise, Good Girls Bad Boys flexes the DJ’s undeniable production chops, which have established her as an industry leader and the highest-billed female DJ in Coachella history.
Where Scholler’s 2015 debut Run dropped banger after banger in a relentless onslaught, Awake is layered, vulnerable and full of personality, demonstrating huge personal and musical growth for the artist. The tracklisting sways between EDM, trap and bass, but the highlights are where she hits those huge pop moments. With the addition of powerhouse Joel Little and long-time collaborator Lido to the production team, Scholler’s sound is given new life, with the tropical No, the empowered and chorus-driven Church, and the sassiness of Cry leading the charge.
Awake is out April 6 via EMI/Universal.
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