Review: Italy's Ivan Iacobucci, part of the same generation of house producers such as Claudio Coccoluto, Ralf and Marco Trani, has been smashing it since the early 90s. Admittedly, he did have a slight hiatus between 2003 and 2010, but has since come back with material that's just as strong as his original output for labels like UMM, Nite Grooves and King Street. He's since moved to Berlin and it's only natural that he's been asked to drop an LP for the Imprints label, onto which he storms through like some sort of demigod. The sweet thing about Taboos is that it's the sort of house that meanders onto many different playing fields, coming up through minimal gusts of melodies, and back down with curious, electro-ridden grooves. There are more traditional 4/4 pumpers like "Housebreakers" in here, and even bursts of loose Detroit-style techno such as on "Taboos Molecula", but the sounds are very much his own, and we hope that this is the start of a long and fruitful new chapter of the man's career. Big up, Ivan!
Review: Imprints is a London-based label run by Domenico Rosso and Riccardo Buccirossi - the latter serving up their next release here titled Social Positive Effects. Indeed the benefits as promoted by the title could work well - ideally on the dancefloor. Across the three tracks here, Buccirossi gets deep in a bleepy/retro/analogue fashion, similar to 'it' sounds emanating out of Berlin at present (Time Passages/Cabaret) or local label Art Of Dark; from the trippy bleep-funk of "Purema" and its wacky vocoder antics, the deeply emotive "Humanlove" which uses breakbeats effectively to closer "Faraway" calling to mind the early days of classic Chicago label Alleviated.