Review: Black Spuma are Fabrizio Mammarella & Phillip Lauer - a project that up until now was largely known for three records on International Feel. Having surfaced on Bristol's Futureboogie in 2019, Black Spumareveal themselves again for a four-track Hypercall EP on Live At Robert Johnson. Throwing down some heavy house chords in "Station To Station", get your gnarly acid jack tracks out of "Data Life" and a deep EBM workout in "Miracoli". And of course, there's still the pair's homage to Italo in "Transpork" that given its perfect moment in time will raise the roof.
Review: To the Robert Johnson club, Andrew Weatherall was one of the Frankfurt institution's most beloved residents. 'Lifesaver 4' is a compilation dedicated to the memory of the veteran DJ, featuring young talents and seasoned companions that have paid their musical tribute in order to commemorate the club's 21 year anniversary. Highlights not limited to: Perel's psychedelic off-kilter opener "Feuer & Wasser", the low slung sunset sounds of Panorama Bar resident Massimiliano Pagliara on "Before I Let You Go", club mainstay Gerd Janson delivering a typically neon-lit rendition of Portable's "Unity", the surprising addition of nearby Offenbach-based talent Cedric Dekowski on the afterhours minimal funk of "Livius" and Fort Romeau delivering his idiosyncratic style of hypnotic house on "Another Dymention". "Fail we may, sail we must".
Review: A few years ago, International Feel Recordings treated us to a handful of inspired 12" singles by Black Spuma, a collaborative project helmed by Fabrizio Mammarella and Phillip Lauer. Here the duo returns - this time on Bristol's Futureboogie Recordings - with a first new single in two years. Title track "Crunch Level" is nowhere near as "retro-Balearic" as their previous work, instead offering a mind-altering blend of ghostly vintage synthesizer chords, robotic machine guns and foreboding, arpeggio style sequenced bass. It's the kind of thing we'd expect to hear if Alexander Robotnik and John Carpenter got together in the studio. Elsewhere on the EP, "Agguato" is a funk-fuelled chunk of early '80s new wave/Italo-disco fusion, while "Adamantine" is like a "Behaviour"-era instrumental Pet Shop Boys B-side.
Review: As summer splutters towards its conclusion, Phillip Lauer and Fabrizio Mammarella once again join forces for some "retro-Balearic" house action as Black Spuma. They begin in confident fashion, layering up bubbly acid lines, grandiose, loved-up chords and mid '80s Pet Shop Boys style melodies via the on-point title track. The Tennant/Lowe influenced is explored further on the superb "Ceephab" - think electro/acid/saucer-eyed synth-pop fusion - while "No Cube" is an undulating, 115 BPM acid wriggler (albeit with some spine-tingling piano motifs). To round things off, the German/Italian twosome drops a fine chunk of warehouse-friendly, mid-tempo new beat/proto-rave fusion. In other words, it's analogue-rich business as usual.
Review: Much praise was heaped on the 2015 debut EP from Black Spuma, a "retro Balearic" collaboration between prolific Frankfurt producer Phil Lauer and Slow Motion man Fabrizio Mammarella. Unsurprisingly, Onda is similarly inclined; check, for example, the synthesized marimba melodies, dreamy pads and Sueno Latino-era Italian deep house groove of "Metallo Nero", or the gentle Adriatic breeze that is "Hundred Fingers Man". The superb title track sees them upping the tempo and intensity a little whilst retaining their core values (melody, groove, and eyes-closed vibes), while closer "Gabula" sees them change tack, lacing rubbery TB-303 acid lines over a swinging breakbeat and whizzing electronic effects.
Review: You can just imagine the excitement at International Feel HQ when Phillip Lauer and Fabrizio Mammarella told boss Mark Barrott that they'd recorded an EP together under the Black Spuma guise. Predictably, it's a rather fine set, delivering a quartet of warm, rich, analogue-heavy tracks that doff a cap to early Italian deep house, and the colourful, loose-limbed, emotion-stirring vibe of Balearica. There's much to admire, from the skittish drums, electrofunk bass and melancholic synth-pop chords of "Black Spuma", and slap bass-infused drum machine chug of "Emozioni Miste", to the rolling, basement-friendly goodness of the impeccable "Hype Around", whose sharp synth motifs work in perfect unison with the duo's dreamy chords and freestyle-inspired vocal stabs.