Review: On the imprint's first release of 2019, Andrea Rucci's Cosmic Sumo label welcomes a storied veteran of the Italian house scene: former Flying Records and Mantra Vibes regular Roberto Masi. Shockingly, "About a DJ" appears to be the Palermo-based producer's first release for 15 years. He hits the ground with the title track, a fine fusion of chunky deep house tropes, jammed-out Fender Rhodes motifs, rubbery disco bass and vintage hip-house vocal samples. "Logical Groove", meanwhile, fixes nu-disco style synths and electronics to another fine deep house groove, with Masi emphasizing bold riffs, atmospheric drops and deep space electronics.
Review: After nearly a decade in the game, Andrea Rucci's Cosmic Sumo release their first-ever 'best of' compilation. Unsurprisingly, cosmic and Italo-disco vibes predominate: you won't find many cowbells, handclaps or female multi-part vocal harmonies here (though there are some). But if it's Carpenter-esque synths, druggy Afro-inspired beats, bleepy electro flourishes and a distinct whiff of mid-80s Europe you're after then you're in the right place, because here all of the above are provided in spades by the big-hitting likes of James Rod, Tulioxi and, perhaps most signficantly, Italian founding father Alexander Robotnick himself.