Review: We all know that the cry of the mandrake is fatal to anyone who hears it... But when its cries are being conducted by Italian bass fusioneer Piezo, we are safe from harm. In fact we're safer; Piezo's jams have been building up serious tension since his Artikal releases a few years back, and these are his most inventive yet. "The Mandrake" carries ghosts of his signature percussion but kick with a much heavier techno sensibility. "Tinned" then takes those mandrake cries, packages them in cans and rolls them from the nearest high hill. Watch them bounce, clatter and cause total chaos.
Review: Piezo is Luca Mucci, an Italian producer and DJ currently based in Bristol, UK. This release is limited to 300 copies and inaugurates the new label Ansia in great style. On the A side we have the stripped back and bass heavy bounce of "Gattomatto" which is as deep as it is serious. On the flip, we have the polyrhythmic and almost tribal stomp of "Cala" which is quite reminiscent of the oddball grooves Ramadanman was churning out several years ago; we really dug this jam! Very much looking forward to what this promising producer has in store for us all next!
Review: The smoke hasn't cleared from TMSV's tempo-tearing drum hurters and Artikal have sparked up another stinker with Piezo. Echoing the unique groove and character he expressed with "Conquer" last year, "Sweat" rides another bumpy, bouncy sub arrangement that's laden with dense layers of funk. "Sugar" takes to a dark pasture with its singing drums, groaning foghorn bass and classical dub drum arrangement. Both one of a kind; no one is making bass music like Piezo right now.
Review: Inspired by an abandoned Ukrainian city, Piezo and Clearlight (both respected solo artists in their own rights) join forces to create an icy fiver of uncompromising deep modern dub compositions. "Pripyat" opens with icicle-minded designs before dropping into a spacious percussive jam that's at once unforgiving and cosmic. Dig deeper for the guttural bass and tech-rhythmic dancefloor-minded "Scourge", the trippy, liquid drum lollops of "Fallen Soul", the slow-and-sludgy techno march "Here Comes The Toxic Rain" and the lonely, fearsome and highly isolating designs of "Punarbhava" which owes more to modern classical than it does dub or dance music. An immense, occasionally challenging and highly thought-provoking project.