Review: Gifted Culture collective announce the second jam session of an announced trilogy. GMI Jam Venice comes from the filth and the mug of the abandoned ex-industrial area in the outskirts of Venice in northern Italy. There, Autre and Two Thou invade Hawaiian Chips' state of the art studio, where all together ride '70s synthesizer rarities and try to domesticate the monstrous Yamaha CS 80 synth. This jam, inspired by the post-industrial Venetian scenario, dives between the dreams of archetypal electronic music and reminiscences of psychedelic progressive bands, giving birth to two long journeys ready to gently carry the dancefloor into the outer space.
Review: This is Autre's debut release on ESP Institute, but he fits right in with the label's aesthetic. As the title track demonstrates, this emerging producer shares the same love as Loverfingers' label for freeform dance music. 303 lines spiral gently and atmospheric chords ebb and flow majestically over an off beat groove that sits somewhere between deep house and electro. It's a heady affair, with cosmic keys introduced to make it all the more intoxicating. "Frigo" is just as distinctive: over cowbells and snappy beats, an electronic salsa rhythm unravels, containing enough soul to keep even the most demanding DJ happy.
Nikolay Sunak - "Memory That You Left" - (5:16) 122 BPM
Dome - "Margin 0.001" - (8:20) 115 BPM
Stratton - "Freeze Frame" - (5:07) 127 BPM
Autre - "Subspace" - (7:26) 122 BPM
Kadajane - "Unknown Tape Edit" - (4:29) 105 BPM
Review: UK label Natural Sciences is dedicated to promoting 'emerging mutants' and this compilation does a fine job of promoting upcoming producers. On the evidence of Volume 1, the assembled cast has a lot of promise. From the slowed-down, warbling acid of Mono-Enzyme 307's "Respiratory" to Sophie Sweetland's mellow, cinematic techno as D.Tiffany, and Antonio's raw hardware jam, "Schhhsch", there is a variety of sounds and styles audible on this first instalment. On some occasions, the artists venture down an unexplored path, most impressively on Aquarium's "November Dub", a dense, textured groove that pushes deep house to its weirdest limits. Here's to more mutations.