Review: A dream team line up for this four way that heads off in various directions across detailed and trippy techno landscapes. Those who have been following these heads will understand what we mean- with the quartet all beginning to rise to prominence now and finally claiming the kind of respect they deserve. Saverio Celestri brings 'Ethereal', packed with direct cymbal work, lilting reversed organs creating leftfield-but-dancefloor business with plenty of usability. Midgar label manager Jacopo, toughest from the names here, takes us down an arpeggiated acid route, never quite unleashing but acting as precursor to whatever bangs come next. Otis' 'Axes of Continuity' has a simple three-four note melody mirrored by bumbling bass, and should sound ideal at anything with a free party vibe. Finally, Fede Lijt's 'Deflexion' goes deepest, twinkling chimes, submerged lows, plenty of snares.
Review: For their second missive, freshly minted Ukranian label Hypnohouse has chosen to showcase cuts from two hugely experienced producers: Madrid-based Unusual Systems founder Corp and sometime Slow Life regular Saverio Celestri. The former handles side A, first fusing chiming lead lines and formidably filthy acid bass on retro-futurist jacker 'Celestial Bells', before reaching for the strobes on the buzzing, trippy and intoxicating late night throb of 'Trancemotions'. Celestri meanwhile invites us to indulge in a little sweaty 'Virtual Sex' on a clanking chunk of cold wave/techno fusion, before offering up a blistering blend of high-octane drums, alien-sounding chords, bleeping electronics and buzzing bass ('Self Control').
Review: Like many of Saverio Celestri's releases, this return to regular home Slow Life is a collaborative affair, with production duties shared by debutant Late Consequence (in reality an experienced Italian producer operating under a new alias). The duo kicks things off with the spacey bounce of "Consequence", where computer beeps and bleeps rise above heavy analogue bass, locked-in techno drums and flotation tank chords, before offering a subtle nod towards early UK bleep techno on sub-bass heavy workout "The Wheel". Turn to the flip for some deeper, purist tech-house vibes (the deep house influenced warmth of "This Is The Universe") and the sparkling, head-in-the-clouds tech-funk of "Celestial".