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Alison Wonderland
- Welcome To Wonderland

Welcome To Wonderland confirms suspicions that a star has been born...

Kris Swales

May 10th 2012 | Label: EMI
Alison Wonderland was the crowd favourite when she stepped up to the decks at the final of EMI's She Can DJ talent scouting program in 2011, so few were surprised when she was offered a contract despite not taking out the major prize. The Sydney DJ's flair for leaping across genres points to a production career which will be well worth following, but first up is the Welcome To Wonderland mix – a showcase for her genre-hopping talents, but which never quite gets your jaw dropping like you know it could.

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.

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Dates

Friday 1st August

Alison Wonderland

Star Bar, Bendigo

Saturday 2nd August

Alison Wonderland

Amaroo Hotel, Dubbo

Saturday 9th August

Alison Wonderland

Movidas, Mackay

Friday 15th August

Alison Wonderland + Guests

170 Russell, Melbourne

Saturday 16th August

Alison Wonderland

Karova Lounge, Ballarat

Saturday 30th August

Alison Wonderland

Metro Theatre, Sydney

Friday 5th September

Alison Wonderland

Plantation Hotel, Coffs Harbour

Saturday 6th September

Alison Wonderland

Villa Nightclub, Perth

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