For their fourth transmission, Happy Skull presents a trio of dystopian fantasies from analogue maverick Marco Bernardi. Opener 'Floating' is a throbbing trip in to rattling techno territory complete with discordant chords and bubbling acid lines. 'Broken Boiler' offers a trademark Bernardi fusion of sweet, visceral melodies and raw machine drums. Rounding things off is 'upside In', a fearlessly wonky voyage in to freaky techno-funk.
Last seen dropping the humongous Klinsfrar Melodies on Creme Org back in 2010, Glaswegian producer Marco Bernardi makes a triumphant return on Clone's Royal Oak initiative with The Burning Love Ensemble, a 12" replete with three potent examples of drenching simple, raw drum machine rhythms with endless layers of emotional melodies. The contemplatively titled "Days Gone By" infers what is to unfold as the track's ruff edged drum groove is driven ever backwards in the mix by layer upon layer of intricate sonic detail which is finely poised at the point of full meltdown. The title track seems like a more streamlined affair initially, all melodic elements aimed squarely for the stars before Bernardi lets loose with a thick square analogue bass tone and the drums start to go mental. Finally, "La Montagne De Reves" delves swiftly into immersive dream like territory, dragging you down willingly!
The Dancing Clowns (Specter remix) - (9:05) 120 BPM
Marco Bernardi is a man of many talents and here he shifts the focus of his recent Mathematics release towards deeper sounds. The title track is an epic, teased out affair, with the Scottish producer laying down tantalising melodies over a pulsing groove. The remix is just as impressive; the label has secured the services of Chicago artist Specter, who doesn't disappoint. Pushing Bernardi's groove away from the dance floor, flailing percussive licks and tonal bleeps turn the original into an abstract but hypnotic workout that is in keeping with Bernardi's own ever-changing sonic swings.