Hermanito’s heavy brew of curious samples, jazzy inflections and tough, shuffling beats all go to make up a vital, tantalising listen. The undulating layers of bluesy sound build around pulsating drums as evocative instrumentation lifts and falls on the opening Caliente. Next the blissful, Romance feels warmer on reflection as deeper echoes of melancholy traverse this beautiful arrangement, and is complimented by a remix from Joaquín Cornejo. Further originals are the breezy West Coast styled harmonies of Zod, plus the equally chilled, sumptuous piano of Dawn Breaks which compose the listener’s faith in musical experience all over again.
Gabriele di Natale and Antonio Cosentino aka Proudly People ignite the airwaves with this brilliantly, energetic workout of feverish proportions across three tracks. In one sense it’s all about the fiery percussion that never fails to bump and grind, or for that matter the bass which does much the same thing. I guess the words I’m looking for here are, irresistibly funky. Spotlight is the dynamite opener, while the equally invigorating charge of the Acid informed Module One follows suite. Last but certainly not least is the very excellent That’s Right which closes with an array of contrasting, devastating intensity visiting atmospheres, moods and a deeper understanding.
There is something deliciously sleazy about this new production that proves too tempting to resist. Unforgiving beats, fuzzy bass and the excitable whir of electrical impulses inform the arrangement as Roxane’s smoky vocal only adds to the sizzling tension. It almost feels 1980’s in the very best sense of the term, although is clearly rooted in the technology of here and now. Remixes come from Sergei Eiland and Fanatic Funk who both provide sterling versions injecting extra energy and sparkle into the rhythms, although the stripped down nature of the original has a particular appeal.
To say that this is soul music would not be correct. However to say this is music for the soul would so obviously be right. Behind the alias is Alessandro Tedeschi who also founded Glacial Movements and this selection of musical landscapes delves deep into his psyche – I suspect yours too when you listen. Composed entirely on a Roland VP9000 alongside a wash of various effects the music stretches out the imagination in ways to be revealed, as notes and the dialogue of sound is whispered, sometimes spoken more loudly and forcefully. Mastered and co-produced alongside Matteo Spinazzè Savaris the notes themselves talk several languages of emotional beauty and turmoil. And while it is difficult to describe it to a T, as music is such a personal and subjective matter, it is a deeply immersive experience that you will find yourself in. You may also find yourself lost in. There is an ecological story to be told as well, highlighted by the accompanying artwork which was shot by photographer Carsten Egevang, regarding Greenland’s endangered Sled Dog population. I guess that suggestion of loss comes from that not so hidden danger…
Spanning five separate tracks I would also suggest that music of this scale which is not about melody and conventional song, but about something altogether more organic and primal, despite being created solely via electrical impulses, feels perfectly human.
Sounding like a summer’s day these breezy vibes ignite all sorts of pleasures you may have momentarily forgotten in the course of autumn. Six numbers adorn ranging from the liquid funkiness of the irresistible opening South Side – to which if your body doesn’t move in all directions there may be something wrong. The cheekily titled Rhodes Royce follows with a disco flavoured expectation of joy expanding the diversity. Listen below. The more intense rhythms of the hot No Frills are next, as the warped, percussive Jazz of Ella then plays in sequence. Leaving Raw Ivy and finally the House beats and tastefully warm keys of Play With Words to complete this effortlessly enjoyable rendition of styles. Touching nerves, heightening senses.
The first thing that strikes you about Yulia Niko’s excellent new EP, apart from being excellent, is the sheer emotional intensity it captures on the opening, Caminando. But also just how fresh it feels despite the instrumentation playing on the traditional elements of organ, drums and bass, all of which is contrasted by a haunting whir of radical electricity. What equally sets this apart, defining its own space, is the inclusion of Sil Romero’s free form vocal, which is complimented in turn via a remix from Cioz. Remaining originals are the breezy Paradise and the probing, smouldering Acid inflections of the first-rate Es Vedra. Another sublime release of self-defining sound from the artist.
Defining the inescapable consequence that music is well and truly here the irrepressible Roland Leesker once again delivers sounds of note and distinction. Taking the fiery inflections of Chicago Acid as its starting point the arrangement channels robust bass and punchy drums together like an orgy of sleazy excitement. Addictively tantalising the rhythms are all hot and steamy while the commanding voice adds the human touch to the sizzling electronics. Who else then but DJ Pierre to provide the remix. And it comes as no surprise that the tough, invigorating results send snare drums dancing and grainy 303’s sequencing somewhere else entirely. Beautiful music may not always sound pretty.
A stunning piece of work from Marcus Schmickler whose experiments into the boundaries of sound and its consequent construction play out here across some thirty seven minutes. Sometimes touching ecstasy, sometimes reaching deep within igniting forgotten images. The concept explores when two galaxies collide by gravitational forces. Split in two parts on the LP release the continuous revelation posed by the digital version however has sonic pulses contacting an unnerving realisation, that escapes somewhere between an imagined future and a lost past. Not always an easy journey. But always a revealing and rewarding one. If you are seeking out something beyond ready melody…you may find that here.
When the voice and music works together in harmony the results are rather delicious on this latest from Broken Records. Moving straight to DeMarkus Lewis and his Deeper Edit which marries melody and atmosphere together with heady organ chords alongside irresistibly swinging grooves. Next on the agenda is the tougher version from Needs No Sleep who hit hard on the low-end while adding fizz via the vocals on top. A range of other takes are also available each breathing a different slant into the affair, although for me it’s clearly the first and foremost that works best.
There’s something about this production as it captures feelings not necessarily so sweet though clearly epic in proportion. Wild, abandon infuses the arrangement as the click of punctuating drums add a well-crafted funkiness into the rhythm section, leaving space for the smouldering bassline to shine in dark bliss. The atmospherics, which are rich and heavy, cumulate in the sort of ecstatic breakdown sound systems were primed for as the pulse of classic Detroit runs throughout. Raven is an edgy yet sublime slice of music supplying the luxury of forward thinking, finely tuned ideas feverishly into the forthcoming decade. Still I Rise, continues the theme this time with deliberately evocative voices spelling out a familiar message, yet always potent. The bass once again bites complimenting the compelling drums as electronics are suitably warped into submission.