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ils 'soul trader'

The deeper sound of breakbeat from Adam Freeland's favourite producer.

Ilian Walker, aka ILS, is a happy man. His second album Soul Trader is released today and if the reaction from the music press is anything to go by, he's got a hit on his hands. Not only that but it's all profit from here on in thanks to the sale of the single, Next Level, to mobile giant Orange for use in the their ad campaign.

He deserves a break though, his first album Idiots Behind The Wheel, impressed those lucky enough to get a promo copy but failed to get a full release. "It was demoralising to spend a long time on a project and not get it released," says ILS, "but I used that first album as a CV to try and get work with other record companies".

And it worked; Adam Freeland's Marine Parade snapped him up. "As far as I'm concerned he's the only producer that I really wanted to have," says Adam. "He's got a unique ability; it's very musical but it works on a dancefloor, it's a very rare sound that he's got".

He's not wrong, there's not many breaks albums that warrant relaxed home listening. Stanton Warriors and Plump DJs have done great stuff, but it's aimed more at the feet than the head. ILS has succeeded in bringing a deeper, jazzier, more intelligent flavour to the genre without losing its trademark punch. Soulful vocals and atmospherics work with the beats without smothering them. Thoughts of Goldie's Inner City Life come to mind in places… that's how good it is.

If you've yet to venture into the world of breaks, here's a great place to dip your toe. AL 24 June 02

Soul Trader, released 01 July 02 on Marine Parade records.

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