Emulatory Whoredom
Record label: The Agriculture
Format: CD
Release date: 1 September 2003

According to the press release, Emulatory Whoredom was created in the wake of fear, shock, and despair that followed the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Although I envisioned a release date on the second anniversary of said tragedy, I can understand the reasons not to (if such an idea was even entertained). It wouldn’t have been in bad taste, though. This album captures the raw, unbridled emotions that New York City was caught up in at that time.

For several years, DJ Wally has played his hand at crafting dark and surreal hip-hop tunes. As a proven leader along abstract beat makers, Emulatory Whoredom displays his mastery at building tension and paranoia through his music. The sounds within Wally’s sonic arsenal just keep getting stranger and stranger, and are used to great effect on interludes like “Caught In The Wormhole,” “Upon Opening The Book,” “Scared Yet?,” and “Massacre.” This album wears the face of post-9/11 Gotham from start to finish, unflinching in its depiction of destruction, injury, rehabilitation, and hope. America can have Bruce Springsteen’s The Rising; Emulatory Whoredom remains my official soundtrack for the world’s greatest city on the mend. Make no mistake; this is DJ Wally at his best.

Note: Two EPs containing songs from this album were released on 21 July 2003.

{steve crognale}

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