Review: Etruria Beat founders Faraone and Agnelli deliver a excellent DJ tool release for Loco Dice's label. The title track sets the tone, its rasping percussion and insistent drums laying the basis for a series of deranged vocal samples. They keep "Last Call" instrumental, with a percussive groove rolling and filtering all the way through, supported by reverberated drums. But the duo are also clearly interested in using the human voice as an instrument and the drum-heavy "La Feria" is full of out there voices, while 'Hold It Like That' features dreamy synths and a spaced out woman intoning the track's title.
Review: Marco Faraone follows last year's Don't Need You release on Rekids with this tough but soulful EP. The title track revolves around an insistent, chugging groove that resounds to insistent chord stabs and repetitive vocal loops. On "Want Me", the Italian producer toughens up his approach, and uses dense drums and an insistent rhythm to provide the basis for what sounds like a vocal sample from Aretha Franklin's soul classic, "Chain of Fools". Faraone changes tact once again on "Safari": it's a more linear affair than the others, and is based on a prowling electronic bass and a series of repetitive chord stabs that when combined, ooze menace.
Review: Marco Faraone follows a series of Eps on Rekids with his eagerly-awaited debut album. Opening ambient track "Force Deep" and the languid break beats of "Iconic" both hint at a more experimental side to Faraone's canon. Meanwhile, the high-paced "Addiction", with its repetitive vocal sample and pulsating rhythm, as well as the rolling esoteric electro of "No Filter" present different deeper sides to this talented Italian producer's palette. At the same time, Filter is also a ringing endorsement of what Faraone does best and "Night Ride", "Frog Face" and the acid-heavy "Trust Me" see him shift back to the type of linear, drum-heavy track he excels at.
Review: It sounds like Rekids has gone back to its roots. On Marco Faraone's third release for the label, a tough, sample-heavy house sound prevails; it's audible on the title track, where vocals are chopped up and layered over steely tribal drums, insistent thunder claps and ominous chord stabs. "Hardgroove Community" features a faster tempo, but some of the same elements - the looped vocal samples and tough kicks - remain at the heart of this arrangement. Meanwhile, "Survive" sees the Italian producer opt for a more tracky approach, with the track's name intoned in monotonous fashion over a heads-down rhythm. "Not A Crime" completes this old school-inspired EP, with churning chords and joyous screeches unravelling over banging drums
Review: Drumcode rounds off a highly successful year, which saw the label run its own dedicated festival, with this killer EP. It's no surprise that Lunar Eclipse is coming out on Adam Beyer's label, as since its earliest days it has had a knack for snapping up big room techno. "Never Forget" and "Cruiser" resound to rolling drums and building, searing bass tones that give both tracks the impetus they need. The title track isn't as menacing, but its hypnotic pulses, eerie synths and spine-tingling break down will prove to be just as effective. Last but certainly not least on this four-track EP is "Take this Trip" an acid-soaked, rumbling groove that also features a mysterious undercurrent.
Review: "Way" is Faraone's second EP for Rekids this year, but prior to this, he had already built up a distinguished catalogue for labels like Drumcode, Ovum and Moon Harbour. It's not hard to understand the attraction of this record to Rekids. The title track marries the pumping Radioslave approach to techno with jacking Chicago beats, stuttering vocals and tales of music industry hubris. Aside from the a cappella, Rekids has commissioned Addison Groove to deliver a high-paced, footwork takes on the Italian producer's original version. If that's too frenetic, then the dub acid rework, with its tough kicks, searing acid line and filtered vocal snatches, will appeal for those who like it tracky.
Review: 8 bit chief Nick Curly has taken two tracks from his back catalogue and tapped Leeds-based heroes Audiojack (Gruuv) to rework his 2016 song "The Voodoo" into a funked-up and rolling thriller aimed squarely at dancefloors on The White Isle. Curly has described the remix as 'perfect' - enough said! If that was not enough, Italian main room techno expert Marco Faraone gets tapped for some remix action too, and he sure does deliver the goods. Curly has known the Tuscan producer since the early days of Cecille and had wanted to reconnect with him for some time. The Uncage main man gets straight down to business on the steely and swing-fuelled remix on "No Takers" which was originally released by Curly in 2018 - and it's a right stomper!