After spending well over 20 years in the thick of the music industry, Enrico Mantini has taken time to reflect on some of his most loved productions and is presenting them to you in the form of an eight track LP, quite conveniently named ‘Milestones‘. Over the years the Italian Dj and producer has worked with prestigious labels including UMM and Smooth Sounds, and more recently UK based Half Baked Records and Veniceberg Records (Italy). On this occasion he has decided to focus on releases between 2012–2014 for this trip down memory lane, as he curated the debut release on his very own imprint Down Da Mountains.
Many years have flown by with the Deep House maestro on top of his game, and his decades of experience really shines through in his work, always using soulful vocals blended perfectly with a bouncy and rough round the edges sound. The leading track from the LP ‘Needin U’ (Half Baked Records) immediately throws you in to bumpy ride you are about to encounter.
Amongst the eight tracks are three tracks from his famous Slave To My Concept EP released on Traxx Underground in 2013. ‘Don’t think about it’, ‘Get into da Muzik’, and ‘Lost in a beat’ are some of the finest house cuts recent years have seen, and you can really feel the old school influences the Italian has picked up over the years. ‘Take me Make me’ and ‘Whenever you want’ are two dancefloor favourites released on SHIFT. in 2014, we are glad these two groovy numbers were called upon. Both including killer vocals. ‘Take me Make me’ is the more serious track out of the two, and ‘Whenever you want’ is one of those gems you save for the last hour of the night, uplifting and floaty bassline. ‘Get Infatuation’ was originally produced in 1992 but did not surface until 21 years later, a glitchy house track with a timeless feel. One of the more funky tracks out of the eight is ‘Don’t make’ on the eclectic Dutch label 4Lux, perfect peak time mover.
The 2×12” (180g) LP is accompanied by some great artwork, an extremely picturesque landscape of mountains, and they wax comes in some very nice pink and purple colours so it nearly looks as great as it sounds as it spins on the turntable. Take some time and join Mantini in this moment of reflection, a journey of sounds of the past, and as I am sure you agree, be excited for his sounds of the future and what he will bring to the table in January 2017.
You can get your copy here.
Words by Zac
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