Review: Optimo's spin-off label has been home to some of the most endearing dance floor oddities of the past few years and this release is in the same vein. The work of French composer and pianist Fabrizio Ferrero, the four tracks consist entirely of drum machines and acoustic pianos. The results are jarring, awkward and quite unlike much contemporary techno. "Pinky" has the wonky chaos of Herbert's house work, while the piano lines on "Ring" are so far to the front of the arrangement that they sound like they are coming through the speakers. "Thumb" ends the release with doubled up drums and insistent drones.
Review: Fabrizio Rat is a pianist and composer, who last year released his debut album on Arnaud Rebotini's Blackstrobe label. As this EP for techno label Odd Even demonstrates, he is also capable of crafting dance floor-primed arrangements. "La Notte" starts with the kind of moody piano tones that he is associated with, before the title track sees him veering into a hypnotic, tranced out techno workout that's not a million miles from Donato Dozzy. On "L'Estate", he dispenses with his esoteric approach in favour of a bubbling acidic groove, while "Vulcano" sees him move into droning rhythms, guided by the tolling of an eerie lighthouse bell. Clearly Mr Rat is a man of many talents, and "Lontano" closes the release with the kind of tripped out techno that Speedy J used to specialise in.