After four EPs – which have involved renowned name from the likes of Einzelkind, Bruno Pronsato and Pier Bucci – Italy’s BAR Musica strikes back with its first VA compilation. Mineral Minds 01 is a real find for true dubness lovers and includes 9 tracks that range from the classic house (“Umberto – A New Way (of Me)”) to trippy minimal (“Carebears – Billy’s Fantamoney)” and tribal funky-inspired deep house (“J Paraguai – Materialism”).
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Opener “Ognidove” by label-head Bartolomeo kicks things off with a smooth, deep shaker. Pads arise gently, airy, whilst short stab keeps on hitting in a neverending tight groove.
Up next, Italy’s duo Carabears make BAR Musica debut with “Billy’s Fantsmoney“. Immediately, the track gets trippy starting out from the stinging drums which almost go resonant to exasperation. Rolling 909 toms on top on the groove create a techy and bouncy feel. Distant vocals create an intriguing atmosphere on the side, mysterious and dark.
The entitled “Like To Think” by Valeria Croft and Like Electronika is a deep and emotional jam immersed in a juicy and jazzy artificial mood. Hi-epic pads float above a rich breakbeat groove that writhes on itself because of the filters. After-hours or opening situations, this is a 100% ensured tool.
Umberto‘s “A New Way (Of Me)” digs in an old school boomy joint. Fat arps move around the breakbeat groove. Bass is deep and over-saturated, gently pushing the drums on. Detuned saw pad create an uplifting vibe. House music ladies and gentlemen!
Returning to our dear 4 to the floor groove, Jesse Marcel is next with the entitled “Alcantara“. Drums are sharp and vibrant, with super glidy synths laying on the hypnotic beat. Fuzzy voices seem to call us from afar, increasing, even more, the “ritual” mood that we can breathe on this piece.
Thus, “Spacing Guild” by Francesco Mami gets techy, introducing a different, fatter style of drums. Warped synths rotate, slowly arped randomly, giving movement to the entire piece. SCI-FI sounds coming from another planet collide on the slow-techno drums. Grooving hard, exploring the dark side of sound.
J Paragaguai‘s “Materialism” brings us back to earth with a colourful jam. The house vibe is enriched with tribal flavour by a swirling mix of percussions, congas and ethnic chants.
Next, Liro‘s “Uyuiii” features weird sounds that create a dense and glassy texture. A male vocal moves on vaguely above some eastern-ish melodies, noisy drums and a clicky kick. with the groove rolling smoothly.
Rounding out the package, the bonus “Pattern One” by Ahoda Psi rises up the tempo with a club-oriented track with jagged shakers, profound pads and gnarly synths.
Words by Francesco Quieti & Francesco Zambianchi