Monthly Archives: June 2013

Luca Ballerini presents Fucina 045 – Stati Lucidi (Musical Metaphor)

The Italian analogue wizard, Luca Ballerini, returns to us with his second offering on his own imprint, Musical Metaphor. It differs from his previous output on the label, veering away from the techno side of things while taking us down a more house route. “Stati Lucidi” begins with raw percussion and a bassline which has ‘Detroit’ written all over it, later evolving into something more melodic with its haunting yet powerful synths. Fellow Italian Rio Padice, known by many for his deeper take on house, also lends a hand on this release by remixing the title track. He turns it into something almost unrecognisable from the original, bar a few elements, adding drum patterns which I can only describe as tribal. Then comes one of the funkiest bass guitar riffs I have heard in a long while, kept company by subtle chords and what sound like cricket...
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Concept e25 – Garage Sessions 1 (Wax Classic)

This week finally sees the release of Garage Sessions 1 on Wax Classic, the incredibly popular off-shoot of French label Skylax Records. It follows contributions from the likes of Montel and Adryiano earlier in 2013. Treating us this time are French production partners Frederic Boeuf and Lionel Cadix, aka Concept e25. These guys have big shoes to fill after the previous releases on Wax Classic, and I’m glad to say that they do not disappoint. Both “What Did You Say” and “Feel Strong” begin the Garage Sessions with punchy basslines, filtered chords, layered drums and catchy vocals, with the latter track being the deeper cut of the two. However, my picks of the EP lay on the B-side.“Around” has an early Kerri Chandler feel to it but Concept e25 make sure to avoid imitation here. Unlike many other producers today, they use their inspiration to...
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THE NATHANIEL X PROJECT – SUPPLEMENT DEUX

Quality vs Quantity? Nowadays most of all the producer are going to prefer the 2nd option, The Nathaniel X Project seems to be born to preserve the first one. James Nathaniel Tinsley aka Nathaniel X Project is maybe one the most authentic man behind the 90s house scene. I discovered his work some years ago during a discogs session: Gotta Get Over released on Music Station (1994) was the track that made me a big fan of him. Another four-track record chalked to the brim with 100% authentic deep house music as Only Nathaniel X can do. We’re not much on fanfare, adjectives, and colorful descriptions – we’ll leave that up to interpretation. All we’ll say is that we feel “Supplement Deux” is every bit the sequel that “First Supplement” was the prequel. “Just A Dance” just blew us away & from there out it...
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ALEX AGORE – PRAISE EP (NO MATTER WHAT)

Alex Agore and James Johnston are still hot! Their own label is keeping an “insane” quality since the first release. Following the success of the Consumer EP by fellow label owner James Johnston comes the Praise EP by Alex Agore, and it’s a true return to form for him on No Matter What. The record opens with the title track “Praise” – an inspired tribute to gospel music, keeping all the soul but reimagining it into something more infectious. Uplifting keys combine with vocals that will have you trying your best to sing-a-long, over a bass groove that holds it all together. “Falling” is a slower affair, with its dream-like chords, airy synthwork, cowbell hits and seamless hats. A perfect track to start a night or to end one. The B-side completes the package with two undeniable house jams. You will soon realise how much...
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Rio Padice & Massimo Di Lena – Modulo Rz EP (Clone Royal Oak)

Rio Padice and Massimo Di Lena are members of Naples’ Early Sound collective alongside Leskin. Both have discographies dating back a good few years, Padice typically exploring a softer deep house sound, Di Lena something a little more upfront. This EP for Clone Royal Oak follows Di Lena’s excellent Hardlife EP—whose chunky title track found an admirer in Ben UFO, among others—and settles on a neat goldilocks zone between the two producers’ styles. These raw but light-footed analogue excursions cast Padice and Di Lena as a friskier version of the Analogue Cops, although in contrast to the often meandering live-jam style, these tracks are concise and tightly arranged. “Modulo RZ” is a louche number with crunchy percussion, its curt acid bassline a persistent pleasure. “The Octave Lord Of Ring Mode” is a little more thunderous, with a red-raw bassline and hi-hats that seem to be...
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