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________________________________________________ Wolf + Lamb ‘Based on a True Story’

Format: Artist album Label: Wolf + Lamb Distribution: Word and Sound www.wolflambmusic.com

Sexy, sophisticated and utterly personal, Wolf + Lamb’s new full-length album marks the latest chapter in a unique partnership that’s yielded some of today’s most passionate and innovative underground dance music. With all its ups and downs, its climaxes and pitfalls, epic victories and sudden uturns, the true story of Wolf + Lamb echoes the wisdom of fellow New York wiseass Woody Allen, who once remarked that “a relationship is like a shark. It has to constantly move forward or it dies.” Together Zev the wolf and Gadi the lamb have kept the shark alive for over a decade by embracing the courage to venture into uncharted waters, forever plumbing the depths, riding the waves, and scouting new horizons. Whether assuming the roles of production duo, DJ team or label owners, Zev and Gadi have written every page of their true story with wit, ingenuity, disarming warmth, and good old Brooklyn swagger. While over the past few years, Wolf + Lamb haven’t been alone in seeing their music turn more melodic, more intimate, more sensual and more atmospheric, nobody does it quite the way they do, and nobody does it better. Strong-willed and staunchly independent, the two have resolutely steered clear of conventions and the expectations of others, always believing that the only proper way forward is to follow the beat of your own inner drum, no matter where it takes you. After the touring, the madness, the parties, the hype and the accolades of the past two years, the beat of their inner drum suddenly told the duo it was time to reunite in the studio and record a full-length together, the first since 2010’s Love Someone. An intoxicating, futuristic brew of deep house, disco, synth-pop and r&b that marks a major step forward in artistic maturity, Based on a True Story treats music and life as fluid extensions of one another, and in the album’s emotional directness you can feel the lessons learned and battle scars borne by the duo after years of crisscrossing the globe. One of the most striking lessons throughout this story has undoubtedly been that the whole is more than the sum of its parts. As Wolf + Lamb’s heart and mind, Gadi and Zev function as the double nucleus of an exceptionally close-knit

musical community that’s given us path-breaking artists like Soul Clap, No Regular Play, Slow Hands, Voices of Black, Nicolas Jaar, Tanner Ross and Deniz Kurtel. When it came time for Gadi and Zev to hit the studio, they once again sought new inspiration in the creative talents of their musical brothers and sisters. “We weren't so sure we had it in us but with the strength of the fam behind us it was a really enlightening experience,” says Zev. “We also came up against the hard limitations of our lack of musical training and having everyone to fall back on for support and ideas let us transcend this and make an album we're really proud of.” Yet if there’s anything that forward-thinking DJs like Wolf + Lamb have taught us it’s that these days music training is no longer a must-have. In the twenty-first century world of electronic music, all you need is chutzpah, vision and a posse, three things that have never deserted Zev and Gadi as they’ve steadily cultivated their sophisticated sonic universe. Wolf + Lamb’s latest comes to us as the label takes a marked turn in 2012 towards artist albums, following full-lengths from Soul Clap and Deniz Kurtel. Like the Clap’s EFUNK and Kurtel’s The Way We Live, Based on a True Story offers so much more than floor-ready DJ tools: these albums playfully throw the genre playbook out the window, reveling in party music, full of energy and bristling with ideas. Based on a True Story often wears its heart on its sleeve, and its emotive club sound proves you can in fact be a party boy and a hopeless romantic at the same time. Occasionally Gadi and Zev write a love letter to artists that influenced them, such as Silence, which evokes classic Depeche Mode in its moody atmospherics and raw account of an affair whose time has come and gone. Romantic wounds surface as well on album lead Real Love. The track’s working title was “After Brazil,” marking its gestation after a couple of particularly killer gigs there. The track’s wistful, New Order-ish synths induce a sense of dislocation, the kind you might feel when staring out the window of an international flight, your thoughts trailing back to that one person, and the bedroom you left behind that morning, maybe forever. The voice of a roboticized PillowTalk, however, reminds us of bonds that run deeper than a one-night stand: “I want to stay, but I can’t lie - we depend on friends to get us high.” You can also feel the bittersweet nomadism of life on the road in the dashes of campfire crackle and harmonica flutter that float across the album’s title track: clouds sail across the moon from the window of a strange hotel room, and two touring DJs on laptops morph into a pair of hobos camping by the railroad, reminiscing about the days gone by and dreaming of the days to come. The world tour continues when the boys make a pit stop in France on Serpentine, where the liquid cooing of Voices of Black cohort Rap Lisa spins a smooth Parisian fantasy over a snakey, curlicue bassline. Elsewhere, tracks like the languid Fo Porter exude the pleasures of home. Coasting on soulful vocals from Voices of Black, rubbery bass and floaty

Moodymann-ish keys, Fo Porter digs deep into spacey electro-funk, recalling an after-after-hours gathering at the Marcy, Wolf + Lamb’s beloved Brooklyn hideout, with its wood-paneled walls and the first traces of sunrise filtering gently through the skylight. The Rhodes-led, upbeat disco of In the Morning casts off any dream of going to sleep: the universe has blessed us with a new day, and we feel only joy and possibility. By telling the story of where they’ve been, Wolf + Lamb give us a glimpse of where they’re headed, and remind us just why they remain a force to be reckoned with.

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