Although there's always been some subtle variety within Innervisions' output, Dixon and Ame's imprint has become known for a particular type of grandiose, tech-tinged house. Props to them, then, for releasing this EP of arpeggio-driven, 1980s style Italo-disco created by contemporary Italian producers. Muscemi and Phunkadelica kick things off, first layering exotic Middle Eastern synthesizer melodies over druggy arpeggio lines on "Babilonia", before slowing the tempo a little via the ghostly tunefulness, robotic vocals and chugging bottom-end of "Velluto Blue". Stereocalypse then takes over, serving up two more killer cuts: the long, bold chords, slap bass and rush-inducing melodies of "Lone Solo Drummer", and the Rimini '84 pomp of the arguably superior "The Cunning Man".
Stereocalypse is a relatively new act, but clearly its members have a lot of experience, which they combine, according to their brief biog, with 'analog feel and modern textures with no cares (sic) for rules'. Certainly, the title track is unusual; it sees the duo lay down a rolling techno groove to underpin the kind of evocative trance melodies that have always been at the heart of Get Physical. On "Little Sad Orchestra", Stereocalypse lower the tempo, while simultaneously, the mood becomes more serious. Led by insistent hi hats and a dense bass, the sound is gloomier and the melodic flourishes imbued with a spine-tingling sense of melancholy.