Welcome To Wonderland confirms suspicions that a star has been born...
Across 19 tracks, Wonderland deftly leaps all over the shop just as she would in the club, with moves from halftime rave-step to reggae-tinged drum'n'bass through hip hop and big beat, all undertaken in the blink of an eye – and that's just on an opening salvo, taking in cuts from Alex Metric, Major Lazer, 360 & Gossling (as remixed by Wonderland herself) and classics from Arrested Development (People Everyday) and The Chemical Brothers (Galvanize). From here she settles into a more conventional 4/4 groove, tipping her hat to the strength of the local scene with the Frames remix of Lancelot's We Can Dance, Flight Facilities' Foreign Language and Beni's faux piano bomb Opulence before veering back towards bass music territory on the run home.
All the ingredients are there but at times the programming is a little haphazard, Wonderland also erring on the side of caution by letting tracks play out when a little more mixing creativity may just have kicked things up the required notch. Welcome To Wonderland confirms suspicions that a star has been born, but you suspect it'll be on forthcoming releases that Alison Wonderland will truly shine.
Veterans lead this week's releases with new albums from Tim Rogers & The Bamboos (Album Of The Week) and Daniel Johns plus albums from Ella Thompson, The Vaccines and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.