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Italian gringos of Triptease debuts on Visionquest with “Mescaleros” LP

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The legendary Visionquest proudly welcomes Italy’s gringos Triptease with their debut “Mescaleros” LP. After more than 2 years since Cerulean LP dropped by head-honcho Ryan Crosson and Cesar Merveille, it’s time for a new album on the mighty US label. The entitled “Mescaleros” LP comes from a curious and unconventional collective of friends who are better known as Triptease.

 

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The project, which initially only included Topper, Jacopo and Francesco, now also welcomes frequent collaborator and studio partner Hugo in its ranks. Together they came up with the idea of Mescaleros, a cutting-edge experiment with different performers joining into the live improv jam of the likes of Ambiq, Ion Ludwig, Daniele Papini (with whom Topper runs the successful Sleep Is Commercial brand) and Greg Paulus among others.

 

They’ve performed in iconic venues such as Club der Visionaere and Hoppetosse in Berlin, Fuse Club in Brussels, Studio 338 and Red Gallery in London etc etc.) and delivered hours (up to 17!) of powerful beats and sparkling musical ideas.

 

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Despite the relentless work, mostly done in their Pausenraum Studio, “Mescaleros” EP states only the third release as Triptease and follows two EPs on the homonymous label. The album consists of 8 tracks in the vinyl version, to which are added 3 digital extra tracks in the digital version. Within these jam sessions, the guys indulge themselves from heads-down techno/minimal tunes where the 4/4 beat is the master, to lighter electronic music pieces with a series of musical contaminations difficult to quantify. It’s also pretty hard to catalogue this entire work in just one genre especially because four minds have taken part in the project, each one carrying its own background and his studio – or should we say “jam-session” – skills. In fact, most of the tracks are cut from long jams that contain a mixture of some prepared material and a hefty amount of total free form improvisation using midi and electric guitars (Hugo and Francesco), modular synthesizers and drum machines (Topper), synthesizers and samplers (Jacopo) and a vast array of eFX pedals they create a soundscape completely fresh while retaining the signature sound of the city they call home. 

 

The album results to be, in its entirety, the natural output of a consolidated work-flow to which is added an undeniable synergy between the members, consolidated by a true and sincere friendship from which it is impossible not to get carried away over the whole LP duration.

 

 

 

Mescaleros is, in their words, “a concept we like to use to indicate an approach to making music and art in general, inspired by spaghetti western esthetics and 60’s lysergic emancipation put through the lens of modern technology and science fiction. We translate that approach into long improvisational jams where we try to feel the music as something alive that can and must change from time to time and also within the same performance.”

 

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We’ve decided to premiere B1’s Tony Little Something, which slowly takes shape with fat and deep breakbeat rhythms, sinister atmospheres and warm wavy bassline. Some vocal chops give an extra dose of groove till the first break, where an analogue synth makes his appearance, gently carrying the track till the end.

 

 

Triptease – Mescaleros LP [VQLP009] is now available on vinyl and digital, don’t forget to buy your copy!

 

 

 

Words by Francesco Quieti

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Music Review: Cerec – Moving Visual Things EP [RE.FACE LIMITED 007]

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Italy’s RE.FACE Records continues to deliver fantastic music reaching the 7th release, which is brought to you by Cerec. The young Argentian talent, after having inaugurated both The Senss and Unic vinyl-experiences, debuts on RE.FACE with “Moving Visual Things”. He perfectly follows the path of the label, continuing the journey started with previous releases by Vern, Ted Amber, Fabrizio Maurizi, Peshka, Vincentiulian, Nektar Agu and Petar Milicevic. The EP features three deep ‘n raw deep minimal originals which are already played and support by Arapu, Giuliano Lomonte, Gescu, Sepp, Cally, Prichindel, Viceversa and more others.

 

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“Brisa” opens with a funky and jackin’ bassline that winds below the entire track. The light groove is dominated by crisp claps and delicious snare drums, making of this one a bouncy roller. Some early Tale Of Us” synths appear in the mid-section of the arrangement, giving an extra twist to the track.

 

 

On the flip, “Recuerdo” goes moody with dark textures, sinister synths and dreamy pads that float above a super fat bassline, driving drums with SCI-FI details that bring real charm to the track. 

 

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Closing the EP is “Laguna”, which is also the track we have chosen to premiere. This one is a truly compelling deep house track that over its 7+ minutes ride, is a real ballad of love. Here, everything’s delicate and composed: from the tiny hi-hats to the shakers, each element is exactly in the right place, giving you, despite some stretched and resampled nervous atmospheres an absolute sense of peace, not allowing existing excuses to stand beside the wall. Just close your eyes and dance like nobody is watching.

 

 

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Words by Francesco Quieti 

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Music Review: Jamahr – Cloud Formations EP (incl. Urulu Remix) [Captea 001]

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The Italian duo of Jamahr is finally ready to launch their own label Captea. The label’s name draws inspiration from the Romanian “to capture” and for the first release called “Cloud Formations”, the guys have unleashed 3 powerful originals, calling US veteran Urulu on the remix duties. Hailing from Biella, a small city near Turin, these long-time friends have started their venture of 10 years ago, slowly making a name for themselves thanks to their deep and techy productions, within which you can always find a 6th sense for intriguing melodies and catchy grooves. Over the years they’ve released both on vinyl and digital on renowned labels such as Tamango Records, What NxT, Mulen Records, Politics Of Dancing Records and EWax to name a few, getting support from heavyweights like Enzo Siragusa, Yaya, Rich NxT, Djebali, Reiss, Seb Zito, Janeret and Burnski. 

  

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A1’s “Cloud Formations” is an intense trip in which the Jamahr drives us miles away from the Earth’s crust, making us discover intricated rhythmic bounces, rattling percussions and warm groove patterns. Some female whispers joined to hypnotizing pads and curious SCI+FI sounds are perfectly placed above breakbeat inspired drums, giving life to a hell of an opener.

 

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Up next, US eclectic Urulu goes faster, with his 132 bpm “No Satisfaction Guaranteed” version of “Cloud Formations”. He provides a gun-powder remix which features splashes of cyber-electro sound with rolling and heavy bassline, turning the original into a real dancefloor heater.

  

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On the B-side, “Kamigawa” is the perfect representation of the sound that the Jamahrs got us used to over the last couple of years. On this one,  pulsating toms and hi-hats encounter mystical long-tailed pads and synths into a majestic and dreamy progression.

 

 

Closing the EP is another energetic club tool called “Voyage”. The wise use of 909 hats and vocal loops, together with housy strings and pulsating basslines have made of this track one of Enzo’s favourite over the last couple of months.

 

Distribution by Memoria Music Group: https://www.memoria-musicgroup.com/

 

 

 

 

Words by Francesco Quieti

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Music Review: Sauchelli – Wanderlust EP [Fun Records 011]

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Berlin-based Sauchelli is part of the second wave of Argentinian artists, which see on respected acts such as Barem, Federico Molinari, Franco Cinelli, Alexis Cabrera, Jorge Savoretti some real reference points. And it’s right in Barem and Cabrera‘s famous Fun Records that Sauchelli has dropped the wicked “Wanderlust” EP., which consists of 4 original dancefloor-oriented jams.

 

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Opener “Funktion Two” is a crazy electro tool with rubbery drums and ’90s rave-ish synths that bring the track in a freaky direction. The name obviously reminds to the popular British loudspeaker manufacturer and we’re sure that this one will work pretty well on that system!

 

 

Up next, “Minibar” is another paranoid number with wobbling basslines, tons of analogue bleeps, and infectious drums that roll above an incessant white noise movement.

 

 

Title cut “Blind Folded” seems to hit less hard than the previous ones, but this is just a first impression. The monstrous bass race along in supple and rubbery fashion as deep synths weave in and out and sci-fi sounds and fx add further detail.

 

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On the closing “Fun Key”, Sauchelli goes jazzy, with subtle piano keys and sinister chords that perfectly fit with the female vocal samples and the solid well-programmed groove, making of this one another irresistible club weapon.

 

 

 

Words by Francesco Quieti

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Toi.Toi. Musik celebrates its 10 years with a massive tour

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Toi.Toi. celebrates 10 years of passion and community for music announcing the first wave of artists and dates for 2020

 

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London’s incredible music scene has given birth to many clubs, promoter brands and deejays. Among these, the Toi.Toi. Musik family (agency, event promoter, and label) has been a staple in the British capital, standing out for its passion and love for music which reflects a particular signature style.

 

The first Toi. Toi. events could be dated back in 2010 and took place at warehouse locations, eventually leading to nights at Fabric London and other clubs and venues within the city and abroad. Since its inception, the Toi.Toi. Musik crew has ¨focused on quality over quantity, with lineups, sound, and venues that create a unique atmosphere for like-minded people to come together¨. In its agency’s roster, Toi.Toi. can boast artists like Daniel Bell, Sammy Dee, Vincent Lemieux, Ion Ludwig, Topper, Dubtil, Junki Inoue and Doris Nicholas among other respected acts. For many years now, Toi.Toi. has worked on showcasing events with top tier artists like Zip, Margaret Dygas, Craig Richards, Matthew Jonson and Move D to name a few, as regular guests to their stellar line ups.

 

To celebrate the impressive landmark achievement of ten years running events, Toi.Toi. Musik has announced the first wave of their anticipated 10-year tour for 2020, which started February 21st at Club Guesthouse (Romania) up to June 19th at OFF Week Barcelona, where they’re gonna celebrate its founding anniversary.

 

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Brasilian on birth but with evident Italian origins, Toi.Toi.’s founder Isis Salvaterra has lived for two decades now in London. Consequently, Salvaterra founded the Toi.Toi. brand as a natural process that came to fruition with time as she discovered and networked in London’s underground scene due to her deeply rooted passion for music and creative endeavours. Over the years, Isis has networked with artists and creatives from different fields to create Toi.Toi.’s unique team, one that is well-rounded and rich due to its vast cultural diversity. This passion for music eventually established her as a cultural figure in the underground scene in London and abroad. In 2019, she eventually moved to Romania and this led her to take over media, communications and public relations for Club Guesthouse in Bucharest, the heart of Romania’s underground scene. This year she decided to focus only on Toi.Toi. setting the new office in the Sunrise Hub, the newest artist hub in Bucharest designed by Herodot and by Sunrise.

 

 

The parties of the first half of the year include six dates in different countries including Romania, Portugal, England, and Spain. The first two events were held in Romania in February and received massive support from the local audience, a natural connection that was meant to happen. The high quality of Toi.Toi.’s event productions and avant-garde ethos are always present at their events and continue to captivate audiences across the globe. Next up in the calendar, Lisbon, (Dan Andrei, Alex Troubetzkoy) with a joint event with the Anexo promoter brand and their residents Elles and Benn. Following their event in Lisbon, London will witness another all-star lineup at the Fold warehouse (Rhadoo, Vlada, Edward, Dubtil and Junki Inoue) and an intimate and perfect after-party at the Lion and Lamb for Easter Bank Holiday to close a memorable weekend in the British capital.

 

London and Barcelona will be undoubtedly highlights of the tour as these cities are cultural hubs to the international music scene, and as the summer approaches beautiful music and nice weather are the perfect combination to end the tour with a proper smile and endless dancing! Toi.Toi.’s 10-year anniversary tour has started in full swing, and the following dates will be a series of exceptional parties, that will continue to create a beautiful experience that revolves around the passion for music and community.

 

The remaining TBA lineups are set to be revealed soon, followed by the second series of events to take place in the latter half of 2020. Tickets are available on Resident Advisor. More info at Toi.Toi. Musik’s social media accounts.

 

 

 

 

Words by Daniel Ordonez

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Music Review: Enrico Mantini – Bold Choices #1

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Italy’s house maestro Enrico Mantini defines himself as “emotions dealer since 1990”, and we can only agree with this definition. His music has crossed more than 3 decades, during which Enrico has developed a unique blend of Chicago and Detroit vibes, always remaining faithful to house music. During this time, he had released music on top-notch labels such as UMM, Veniceberg, Howl Ensemble, Raum…Musik, Half Baked and of course his own Purism. Over the years, he has become a defender of the kind of house sound which, despite seeings ups & downs, has always been appreciated by many acts in the underground panorama.

 

Today we’re pleased to show you his latest work for the newborn label Bold Choices. Here Enrico provides an essential 4-tracker EP ranging from dreamy house, dub techno and gentle breakbeat sonorities. 

 

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The EP starts out with “Logical Possession”, a lovely deep house piece with a sexy and captivating bassline and delicate pads. The break is dominated by some joyful marimba vibes, which immediately put a big smile on your face, just when the kick and the groove drop again.

 

 

Up next is “Dreamer”, which is the heavier tool of the EP. Stomping kicks and wavy bass parts met crispy claps and raw hats, giving life to a proper “heads-down, hands-up” track. The acid twist of the bassline, combined with old school female vocals shots and unexpected melodic parts make of this one a real club destroyer.

 

 

On the flip, “Bizzare Kids” kicks the things off with woody kicks and noisy closed hats, bringing back some Berlin-ish deep house cuts of the first part of the last decade. The track evolves slowly but tidily, offering short guitar riffs, late-night chords and minimal percussions.

 

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Rounding off the package is “We Need A Fix”, a 6+ minutes break-beat inspired ride with aggressive 909 rimshots, fluffy pads, sweeping synths and a meandering bassline that, after taking your breath, will give it back to you only after it’s done.

 

 

 

Words by Francesco Quieti

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Sydney’s iconic spot S.A.S.H. launches a record label

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Sidney’s favourite Sunday spot S.A.S.H. is about to launch a homonymous record label. The debut “Emergerous” EP arrives straight from party resident Jake Hough and comes packed with two Djebali remixes.

 

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The S.A.S.H. venue has become within 10 years one of the most important in the house and techno Australian scene. With an incredible team made of fresh and motivated minds, these guys really caught the attention of many promoters from all around the world, which have found in this party the perfect location for long-running sets and label showcases.

 

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Among them, we can mention huge shows by All Day I Dream, Half Baked, and the recent one by the unstoppable guys of PIV. The idea of split the parties between “Day” and “Night” sessions was surely one of the keys of their success, and this, combined with a passionate team, allowed S.A.S.H. to affirm itself as one of the most desired spots for many DJs all around the world.

 

 

We’ve decided to premiere the Djebali’s “By Night” remix, who turns the bouncy and groovy original “Emergerous” into a late-night affair of rolling hats and slick percussions, where deep chords and sweeping pads combine to perfection in the lovely hands-in-the-air break.

 

 

 

 

 

Words by Francesco Quieti

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Amphia label brings to the stage the elite of the Romanian sound w/ SIT (live), Cezar, Dan Andrei, Amorf

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Antwerp’s renowned Ampere is ready to host one of the most anticipated nights of this season, welcoming one of the hottest labels of the moment: Amphia. Born from the mind of Romanian studio wizards and musical visionaries Cristi Cons and Vlad Caia, this label has rapidly shaped what we usually used to call the “rominimal” sound, adding to the usual intricated grooves the right dose of fuzzy synths, futuristic basslines and cosmic pads. The label name itself evokes ancient and epic scenarios, leading us to vast and desolate lands, where once performed deeds that are still remembered today.

 

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The battlefield for the night (if we can say so) will be the magic Ampere club. The titans clashing will include label heads – Vlad and Cristi – under their SIT moniker, going live both as a duo and a trio, because they will be joined by extraordinary pianist Mischa Blanos, with whom they form the Amorf group. The Romanian squad will be completed by Arpiar’s associates Cezar and Dan Andrei whom, through a rich and deep musical selection, will enrich the evening unleashing unforgettable peak times tracks.

 

 

The Amphia’s sound could be described as an avant-garde blend of endless rolling grooves, deep intense atmospheres, delicate classic orchestra interludes and progressive-ish synths, that can often be found, even together, during the long and epic breathtaking breaks.

 

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Since its foundation, which goes back over 6 years, the label has given the chance to studio wizards such as Kamran Sadeghi, De Walta, Wareika and Dubtil – up to the latest EP by Rome’s talent Christopher Ledger with AMP021 – to express a truly no-boundaries idea of sound. Obviously, in addition to the names we’ve just mentioned, also appear those of Cezar (AMP010 and AMP015) and Dan Andrei (AMP018).

 

 

So get ready to welcome a series of artists, real music surgeons, who in recent years has enchanted people from all over the world including incredible venues like Sunwaves Festival (where they will perform again during the next SW27), Club Guesthouse (Bucharest), Hoppetosse (Berlin), Goa Club (Rome) and The Block (Tel Aviv) to name a few, demonstrating once again how their sound managed to make its way through the maze of the ever-growing “rominimal” movement.

 

 

Check out the official Facebook event and buy your tickets online!

 

 

 

Words by Francesco Quieti

 

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Music Review: Revivis – Get Clapped EP [Talman Digital 007]

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Among the most popular names in the deep and house (or whatever you call it) scene, there is certainly that of Revivis. Hailing from the UK but now based in Berlin, he has rapidly made a name for himself, releasing his tracks only on the best labels of the scene, including we_r_house, EWax and Druzhba, always focusing on quality than quantity. During these years, he had the chance to show his skills behind the decks at renowned clubs such as Watergate (Berlin), Toffler (Rotterdam) and 93 Feet East (London).

 

After providing a track for the latest VA compilation, he strikes back on Okain’s Talman Records for the 7th chapter of the digital side of the label with the entitled “Get Clapped” EP. This release will be followed by more EPs on EWax, Quality Vibe, Inermu Wax and a 2nd EP on Talman that will all come to light later this year! So you should definitely keep an eye on this guy as did Enzo Siragusa, Djulz, Raresh and Archie Hamilton to name a few.

 

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As the title suggests, “Get Clapped” is about the continuous bounce between straight and clean claps with filtered and crispy ones. This combo creates by itself a significant part of the groove, which is gradually joined by sharp 909 hi-hats, rides, stiff percussions and fist-pumping synths. If it seems to you that every now and then the track is going to stop, it’s just your impression, as it’s going to drop again sooner than you think.

 

 

Thus, “Acid Drip” kicks on with some lovely deep chords and rolling arpeggiated bassline, allowing for large hats and deft shakers to move freely through the acid lines that infest the whole track, which is enriched by male vocals speech right in the break, without ever being excessive or inappropriate.

 

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Remix duties are entrusted to French house veterans of Politics Of Dancing, who have recently celebrated the 5 years of their own P.O.D. Records label. With their unmistakable gentle touch, they turn “Acid Drip” into a warm house tool which, for its soft and groovy sounds and breezy house groove, can easily be associated with the classic Apollonia stuff. The groove is rich but no showy and the continuous alternation of different delicate pads will definitely make of this one a proper tool for the next summer months. 

 

 

Closing the EP is “Breech” which is also the track we’ve decided to premiere. The track starts with solid kick drums and infectious groovy elements joined by 909 airy hi-hats and rampant synths, but it’s the wavy bassline the real deal here, which takes the track into the next level. As the time pressure builds, some late-night driving synths make their appearance, adding an extra dose of energy to the superb flowing groove.

 

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 Words by Francesco Quieti

 
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Music Review: Peshka – Overdrive EP [Visionquest 082]

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Ukrainian producer Peshka has been on our (and apparently not only on ours) radar for a while, releasing lovely tracks on AMAM, Crocus, and RE.FACE Records to name a few. His productions are characterized by a nice blend of deep elements, minimal inspired drums – which sometimes roll on breakbeat grooves – and hypnotizing, almost shaman-ish, atmospheres. Due to the complicated situation that can still be found in his home country, he had serious issues on delivering a constant output over the years, and he was forced to stop his work for almost 2 years.

 

After this hiatus, it seems that Peshka, although he continues to deliver top-notch quality material, has added a dose of energetic, raw and aggressive vibes to his previously style, which can be easily heard on his new EP on the legendary Visionquest label. In fact, all the tracks are characterized by stumping vibes, raw claps, futuristic and dreamy pads, splashes of acid and sharp percussions.

 

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We’ve decided to premiere the fast tempo’s “Spectral Analized” which goes hard and direct in a 5 minutes ride, a pretty short track considering the usual length that we’re used to, with a naughty bassline, spacey and synths and SCI+FI atmospheres, making you feel almost in an 80s retro-video game, dodging asteroids and enemy ships.

 

 

 

 

Words by Francesco Quieti