Over the last few years, Dario and Marco Zenker's excellent Ilian Tape has given us some of the purest and most bold-faced techno around. The label has built up a solid reputation as being all about the music, minus the hype, and Italy's Andrea has been there at the forefront of their growth. The Turin-based producer returns to the moody imprint with his third EP for the label, led by the thumping, hypnotic swings of "Outlines" - containing possibly the best kick drums we've heard since Head High - and the break-ridden journey that is "Rainbow", on the A-side. The flip sees "Machine" enter a no nonsense mode, where a fast percussive groove locks tightly within a sea of intergalactic pads, and dubby, broken pastures on "Choral". All in all, this is a fine selection of wild, dare-to-be-different dancefloor tracks that span many styles and influences. Tip!
Ben Sims, Disposable Commodities US, Barry (Major Problems), Skudge, Tripeo, Dan Harrington, Orlando B (Contemplate Recordings), Kenny Hanlon (Apartment Records), Juno Recommends Techno, Savile, Nowicki, Skyland Mountain, Andy Green [Verdant Recordings], Kastil (Soul Notes/Stale), Deep'a & Biri, Resident Advisor, Gareth Wild (EarToGround Records), Stephen Mahoney, Circular Rhythms, Ptaki, Kessell, Honey Soundsystem, Decka
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