Despite a career stretching back to 2002, Italian duo System of Survival have been surprisingly quiet of late. This expansive EP for BPitch Control contains their first new material since 2012 debut album Needle & Thread. High on melody and atmosphere, it delivers plenty of highlights. Check, for example, the loose percussion, curious cut-ups and tumbling melodies of "Family Ring", the undulating fuzziness and dreamy pads of "I'm Not Able To", and the near Balearic drowsiness of closer "King of the Beats". The EP also includes a couple of notable remixes, with Hot Creations regular Miguel Campbell joining forces with Matt Hughes for a deliciously squidgy, glassy-eyed take on "Crash What".
Italian duo Alex Carpentieri and Pietro De Lisi are System Of Survival and present their second album since 2012's Needle & Thread LP on BPitch Control. There are some diverse moods and grooves on offer that really pack a punch on D-Votion, such as the hi-tech soul of second track "Packing" or the appropriately titled "From Motor City With Love" a dusty deep house jam which sounds reminiscent of MCDE's Raw Cuts series. There's the usual tech house shenanigans from the duo on offer in the form of "No Time To Waste" or the title track where they team up with homeboy Salvatore Stallone. But our favourites were the latin house epic "Kutting" featuring Vhelade's powerful vocals or the tunnelling and mysterious "The Bear, The Wolf & The Eagle" which is perfect for building a vibe.