Review: Better known as Priku, who has already surfaced on All Inn and other respected Romanian outposts, Adrian Niculae here indulges a more sensitive kind of 4/4 production equally indebted to the minimalist approach for his own Motif imprint. "Bonitsa Mariposa" lets mournful notes linger in mid-air while a detailed, paper-thin drum track ticks away in the background almost trying not to be noticed for fear of interrupting the melancholy. "Marker" meanwhile lets the beat in on more of the action as the synths take on less shapely tones in order to hum and haw in the background.
Review: Known for his turns on All Inn as Priku, Motif Records boss Adrian Niculae is a fast-rising force to be reckoned with in the Romanian minimal scene, and this album should firmly establish him as an artist of renown both in and outside his native land. For any lover of the sound, there is much to be enjoyed here, with plenty of trippy effects processes laying slovenly over neatly clipped beats that behave just as they're supposed to. There's a healthy amount of found sounds and instrumentation worked into the surroundings to inject some all important soul, but whichever beat you opt for, the groove will always lend itself to the dancefloor.
Review: With a reputation already established thanks to his for work as Priku for All Inn and other respected Romanian outlets, Bucharest-based producer Adrian Niculae has found new levels of inspiration since he elected to work under his given name. Fans of the Acoustic EP that Niculae chose to inaugurate his Motif label with will find much to enjoy on this second release as he continues to bring a sensitive approach to the micro house genre that's currently being pioneered throughout Romania. Lead track "Rain Falls" blends a smooth bassline with melodic synths and strangely affecting vocal samples with a notable suppleness, whilst "Easily" is positively rowdy in comparison. Hints of acid lie deep in the track, partially hidden by the crud infested bassline and multi layered percussion that give "Easily" a real sense of groove.
Review: Romania's Adrian Niculae and Ionut Arapu are Super Moon and together they make effective and tool-wise minimal techno in a distinctive Perlon flavour. Their collaboration comes through Niculae's own Motif Records, home to some of the most sought-after club music that's booming out of Bucharest. "Track 1" is a sweltering piece of itchy floor minimalism, and "Track 2" drops in some synths in the background for good measure. The final "Track 3" is a little darker and murkier around the edges, adding in a subtle layer of dubby delays and minute chords - the winner of the lot!