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26 Jul 10
13 Dec 10
07 Jun 10
UK Funky/UK Garage
Review: Some full-on mentalist bassline magic from Italian producer Aquadrop, who goes wild on the excellent "Brukout" sounding like A1 Bassline after 19 espresso coffees! Swapping beats, chopping up vocals fearlessly and piling synths on top of each other makes for a huge amount of fun, and the half-step pop of "Waves" backs it up perfectly. The gorgeously screwed vocoder vocals of "Beautiful Girls" rounds it off in style - fierce and frenetic fun all round!
24 Oct 11
22 Aug 11
Review: An utterly raucous cut here from Aron Airaghi aka Aquadrop in the shape of "Dots". The Italian producer has a long musical history: a skilled piano and flute player, he formed a jazz-funk group in 2001, and currently works as a sound designer for Good 50X70, an international design exhibition. On this single for Eight:FX he effortlessly combines plaintive female vox, heavy piano stabs, pitter-patter beats and omnipresent bleep-ridden melodies, with some nice subtle builds and drops. Essential and highly recommended.
25 Apr 11
Review: Milan based Italian producer Aron Araghi, aka Aquadrop, really captured our imagination with his stunning Aurora Borealis LP last year. Now his most recent single "Drops" has been picked up by Mistajam on his Radio 1Xtra show, and no wonder; Aquadrop embodies the sound of now but gives it a fresh, exotic twist. Expect chopped up, reverberating vocals, gorgeous 80s synths, warbling SFX and a layered soundscape. Perfectly articulated globular beats sit against woodblock tones, popping and perforating the otherwise hazy atmosphere. Essential.
17 Jan 11
Review: Following on from his most excellent Aurora Borealis LP on Eight:FX last year, Italian Aquadrop tunes right in to his Night Slugs meets Hessle Audio vibes in this next venture on Trenchant Dubs. Exploring new territory, "iLICK U" (clever word play noted) is a future garage driven number with analogue synths in a Joker/Joy Orbison/Girl Unit style and glitchy beats running over reverbed vocal snatches. It certainly makes for interesting listening and is a track that ticks all the boxes. With a wide reaching appeal, expect to hear a lot more of this one in the coming months.
01 Aug 11
UK Funky/UK Garage
Review: With a huge range of fans including Jawkob, Whistla, Mistajam, Untold and Skream, Milan's Aquadrop is bound to gain even more followers with this excellent collection of frenzied, futuristic garage-inspired beats on L2S. "Soul" uses a kaleidoscopic range of short vocal samples and wraps them around deep string pads, punchy bass hits and high-pitched drum hits. "Evolution" follows the same formula, but this time the effect is less garage and more warped Italo/boogie, all arranged with a down-low swagger to the beats. It's an absolute gem, and combined with the darker thrills of "King Of The Jungle", all adds up to a hugely impressive EP.
05 Mar 12
UK Funky/UK Garage
Review: Italian Aquadrop bites back with full force, following some stunning releases in the last year or so, with his Street Player EP on Seclusias. The title track is all tripped out, glitchy beats, stretched out, distorted vocals and gloriously fuzzy synths. Bathed in subtle, stripped back beauty, this one's for the heads. "Meaning Of Dreams" continues in a similar vain with a Burial-like intro and quirky mid part, dominated by curious instrumental quivers and bleeps. There's also an instrumental of "Street Player" for all you purists.
23 Feb 10
23 Jul 12
Review: Italian producer Aquadrop has impressed with his releases in the past and now steps up with his next release, the gloriously entitled "Synthesized Landscapes From Future" on the Seclusiasis imprint. An introductory "Welcome" skit lures us in to Aquadrop's world, where the "Eagle Nebula" kicks off with its quirky synths and ADHD-riddled bleeps. "Mare Tranquillitatis" is another synth-drenched number reminiscent of Rustie and Joker at times, while "Back & Forth" does just what it says on the tin with a playful abandon. Then "See Ya" brings things to an end with quirky patterns and hasty bleeps and blips.