A Coruña, Spain is the homeland of the fairly young label called Fanzine. Having already dropped some vinyl releases from the likes of Orlando Voorn, Basic Soul Unit, Santiago Salazar and Hd Substance, they also dabble in digital only too, with Hitobashira EP being the third offering of the series.
Antonello Teora makes his debut by way of Italy, with a solid back catalogue of labels like Kevin Saunderson’s KMS and Intellighenzia Electronica Records no doubt one to keep an eye on picking up support from DVS1 to Spencer Parker.
The title track “Hitobashira” with a meaning of ancient Japanese human sacrifice, has an infectious momentum from its strong jackin’ energy, quite the contrast. My concentration moves between the rumbling low tom stabs and the dreamy, muted, lead pads and harmonics. Plenty of brilliant dynamic nuances taking shape in it’s slightly melancholic key that I always seem to gravitate too.
Secluded (also known as Hans Bouffmyhre) from nearby Scotland, gives it what at first seems like a tool driven reworking, but the deeper you listen the quality appears. It’s like the groove is almost preserved, left to ripen and this is an end product. A short sharp twist on the original that resides in a parallel universe, just as energetic and waiting to smoke out any club it lands in.
“Void Space Trip” is the second original from Antonello which goes down a dripping acid journey, great details of effects are laid out once again, where presentation of sound is high on the agenda just as much as grabbing you by the ear and pulling you in for some old school looping goodness.
Madridian Leandro Gámez spins a whirlwind on his remix, making some sublime sonic additions and taking “VST” into uncharted territory. Classy and weird, it straddles a fun gratification with an impeccable hypnotic intensity that is a real feast for me to tune into.
Magnificent works from an exciting label that I’m sure will have more soon as they certainly know their stuff.
- Reviewed by Jack! Who? for deathtechno.com