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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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SKYLAX RECORDS Fabio opens the EP with “Duke Mama”, a proper house anthem complete with a set of neat vocals, a shuffling workout of hi-hats, the inevitable snare and an old-school bass line which bounces from wall to wall. It made us think about a mix between Boo williams chicago house purity & the glorious times of the Underground music movement italian house anthems : TUNE ! He closes the A side with “Millionhands” a similarly reflective house number for when things turn seriously deep Monesi’s rugged low end bumper “No matter what (Hissmann dub)” opens the B side bristling with vintage house ideas and some rather excellent usage of detuned keys while on “Farmhouse 171 (Hissmann mix)” he drops a sample heavy bomb that sounds as an agitated Moodymann A must to have in every djs collection....
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