There's something pleasingly old-fashioned about this debut full-length from Italian producer Emilliano Pennisi. It's not that it sounds particularly dated - the sounds and production techniques he employs are strictly contemporary - but Broken Antenna's adventurous eclecticism evokes a period when electronic producers were not afraid to pack their albums with a variety of sounds and styles. Taking a deep house sensibility as its starting point, Broken Antenna variously touches on off-kilter electronic disco, cinematic electronica, jazz-flecked beats, glistening synth-pop, curious tech-house, muted electro-swing and even glossy Italian house. While it may be lacking the "wow" factor, it's certainly an accomplished and highly entertaining set.
Los Angeles label Tiptop Audio is on a roll at the moment, having previously releases tracks by the likes of John Tejada, Drumcell, Surgeon and Blawan. This time they've handed the reins over to Italian Alberto Restivo who delivers the deep and tunnelling acid excursion "Endless", which gets a killer remix by Toms Due that sounds like a Ben Klock or Marcel Fengler track. But the bulk of this release is delivered courtesy of fellow Italian Avenir. His highlights include the hypnotic techno journey "Tephroite" and the fierce industrial techno of "Unity Signal" where he teams up with Restivo.
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