Review: Embryo is a taster for Alessandro Adriani's forthcoming second album, and suggests that there are more great things to come from the Man-nequin label owner-turned producer. It moves in tempo from the fore-boding drones of "Elapsed Emptiness" into "Symmetry", where Adriani maps out an unflinchingly bleak slice of grungy techno. He recruits like-minded techno experimentalist Beau Wanzer for the stripped back "In-verted Aspects", where a nihilistic ebm bass supports acrid analogue riffs. Keeping his audience guessing till the very end, Adriani's "Aria" (New Beat version) makes for a particularly hypnotic but menacing in-terpretation of the late 80s Belgian sound.
Review: Well, this is set to be a rather special affair. For starters, we're big fans of Italy's Stroboscopic Artefacts label; the sound and vision has been both consistent and refreshing since their early records were dropping about three years back. On top of that, they have always associated himself with the absolute maestros of modern electronic music, whether danceable or not danceable. As such, the imprint has grouped the very best Italian producers on the market right now, with Andrea Belfi, Marco Shuttle, Alessandro Adriani, Chevel Lucy, and Neel all making an appearance, as well as Rome's legendary techno master Lory D. However, none of them are in a particularly feisty mood. Instead, this is a wonderful compilation made up of one consistent vibe...a deep and wondrous wave of sonics that never truly evolves into techno, but that at the same time never fully dissolves into total abstraction. Recommended.
Review: Alessandro Adriani makes a surprising addition to Berlin techno imprint Stroboscopic Artefacts. The forward thinking label that dwells on the more experimental fringes of dancefloor sounds now taps a fellow Italian and Mannequin Records boss who serves up some fascinating techno derivatives. Harnessed no doubt by his time living in Berlin, but also put in practice as one half of An-I with NYC legend Douglas Lee. Much like Lee, Adriani gives an outsider's perspective on powerful body music by way of industrial sounds and experimentation with analogue electronics. "He Who Harnesses The Soul" opens proceedings in impressive fashion - we've never heard Adriani execute something so direct on this tunnelling and hypnotic stomper that will have huge crossover appeal. It's more like the artist we know on the brooding and powerful stomp of "Rituals" (707 EBM version). Finally we get treated to yet another minimalist and trance inducing number on "Astronomy" reminiscent of Sahko or Sleeparchive's sublime spell casting in the mid noughties.