All in all, a solid debut.
Let’s forget, for a second, that the word has been ruined by years of misuse, and agree that ‘vibe’ is a good term to discuss ‘Beyond’, the debut album from young Manchester producer Walton. For it is a record that does not stick to one genre; instead, it hops artfully from one bassy dance style to the next, with all 13 tracks linked by tone and – yeah – vibe. And that vibe is one of funked-up musical misadventure, of rave’s 25-year history funnelled into a 48-minute escapade, where Kraftwerk synths rub shoulders with trap-like drums (on the title track) and acid bleeps collide with dubstep bass throb (on ‘Help Me Out’, which updates the Sheffield sound of LFO et al for 2013). All in all, a solid debut.