Review: Ahead of the release of the Catena album, Acid Test has commissioned remixes of key tracks from Lerosa's long player. This EP also serves as a reminder of Lerosa's production prowess. In its original form, "Apollo" is a low-slung groove that is powered by an undulating bass and resounds to fuzzy 303 tones. In contrast, "Suite De Paris" sees Lerosa conjure up a slow-paced piece of menacing slice of acid, with ominous bleeps set to a brooding backdrop. Jordan GCZ's take on "Apollo" is leaner and more focused on the dance floor, thanks to its bubbling groove and spaced-out synths, while Donato Dozzy's version of "Suite De Paris" sees the Italian innovator conjure up a pared back but hypnotic track.
Review: Regardless of the sound he's exploring, Lerosa can always be relied on to make peerless music. Following on two fine releases on Lunar Disko, which teased new shapes from electro and experimental electronics, comes this album on Acid Test. It's the follow up to Lerosa's Bucket of Eggs long player for the label back in 2019, and largely follows a similar path. Aching, gurgling 303s are underpinned by low-slung grooves on "Apollo" and "Tank", while echoes of Giallo Disco's brooding sensibility is audible on "Mentat". "The Woods" offers a more dystopian take on the Acid Test aesthetic, as Lerosa conjures up a frazzled, dense workout, while in stark contrast, "Time & Distance" is a wonderfully dreamy piece. Collectively, these tracks make for another superb release from one of modern electronic music's masters.
Review: Veteran Irish producer Leopoldo Rosa aka Lerosa is back with a new one this week on local imprint Lunar Disko. The Trust EP features six terrific tracks all delivered in his singular style; it opens up with the experimental synth intro "Who Can You Trust', followed by the moody, almost John Carpenter-ish soundtrack vibe of "Revelations' and 'Reborn'. Elsewhere, he heads to Detroit on the sci-fi electro of "Condition 1" and the acidified computer funk of 'Slow Bear'.
Review: Acid Test has always forged its own path, and this independently minded aesthetic defines the music on the label's ten-year compilation. Lerosa's "Uneasy" and VC-118a's "Silver" are both engrossing, abstract affairs, while label mainstay Tin Man and John Tejada both deliver streamlined, pulsating takes on the acid sound. Delving into the darker corners of the 303, there's Achterbahn D'Amour with the raw, jacking "7 Edit" and Donato Dozzy's squelch fest, "Morena". Meanwhile, the rolling electro drums and subsonic tweaks of Sepehr's "Persian Acid Prince" further underlines the fact that when it comes to underground electronic music, few labels are more adventurous than Acid Test.
Review: Dublin-based producer Leopoldo Rosa, better known as Lerosa, comes to local label Lunar Disko with an EP of blistering electro, packing four original tracks plus a remix from Italy's Marco Passarani. 'Authority' itself is the all-out peaktime electro assault for the tracksuit-wearing purists, 'Grey Violet' has a slightly funkier feel redolent of Italo and other early 80s Euro styles, while 'Background Check' captures that 80s Yello/Art Of Noise vibe nicely. 'Ummon', on the other hand, is a more mellifluous affair that could cross over onto progressive/melodic house floors, while Passarani's re-rub gives it a darker, moodier twist.
Review: The third and final part in Dial's compilation series brings together some well-known names and emerging producers. Tracey opens up the release with the dreamy, downtempo "Chapter 1", while on "Cuba", Lerosa delivers a fine, stripped back percussive track, underpinned by a throbbing bass. Anton Kubikov's "Night Road Blue" delivers the kind of mysterious, expansive techno that the label is best known for - with the added bonus of a rubbery double bass - and in contrast, Siamak Amidi brings the compilation down a weirder route with the woozy soundscapes and ticking percussion of "Kandoo", while DJ Jus-Ed impresses as always with the lithe claps and murky bass of "Synth Sex".
Review: A pleasingly varied four-tracker from Dutch label Bordello A Parigi. Ireland's Lerosa gets the ball rolling with the synth disco of 'It's Hard', before we take a left turn into bass/electro/footwork territory with Eliott Litrowski's 909-tastic 'The Little Optimist'. It's then back to the 80s Eurodisco with Vivyan's 'That Time I Dated', which comes on like a long-lost Lipps Inc out-take, before the EP's completed by Sergo Mesa AKA Iamnotarobot's 'El Vuelo', a slice of shimmering, sultry Nang-style nu-disco that's sure to "captcha" your heart. See what we did there? A solid bet for those who like their disco on the leftfield side.
Review: Idle Hands boss Chris Farrell has long been a fan of Leopoldo Rosa's work as Lerosa, so it's little surprise to find the Dublin-based producer popping up on the Bristol-based imprint. Subcouture is a fine EP, with Rosa taking the opportunity to expand on his hazy deep house blueprint. So, we get an impeccable trip into spacey electro territory (fine opener "Maryelen"), nods to dub-influenced NYC proto-house (EP standout "Line Bass"), synth-heavy Balearic deep house (the melodious, 107 BPM shuffle of "Scruffy"), and - arguably most impressive at all - rolling, spaced out dub-house ("Subcouture" itself). It's arguably one of Rosa's strongest EPs to date, and certainly his most versatile.