RAM gets set to drop his second album, ‘Wanderlust’, this month. Over a spectrum of references, ranging from the super-subtle to the all-out overt, the release is the follow up to his 2015 debut ‘Forever Love’ and celebrates the travelling aspect of DJ culture to its fullest degree.
Each of its tracks has a unique, travelogue-like connection to countries and cities that he feels a particular affinity with. Some of those will jump out on first contact, while others lie more subtly in the context, awaiting the listener or clubber’s moment of realisation.
RAM: “For me, this was both a personal journey through trance and a way of conveying my gratitude for the, now, almost 30 years of DJ-travelling through some of the world’s most amazing countries.”
While the theme to the album runs start-through-finish over its 10 tracks, the way he has chosen to imbue it ranges the spectrum.
Some focus specifically on cities and in various fashion. ‘Buenos Aires Angels’ and ‘Medellin Madness’, for example need little further in the way of clarification. Others though, like the NYC/US-champing ‘Where I Want To Be’ and the Sydney-celebrating ‘The Power Of Love’ (featuring Sarah de Warren and Susana, respectively) do so more implicitly through their inner lyrics and artwork.
‘Echoes’ with Roxanne Emery, ‘What Matters’ featuring Cari and the Natalie Gioia-sung ‘Forgive Me’ meanwhile have their heart and inspiration firmly rooted in Asia and the far east. Rising from a more southerly direction is ‘The Magic Of Mexico’, while more unstated is (the upcoming single) ‘Turn Back The Time’, which toots the horn for Canada.
‘Wanderlust’ is out on 17 March.