Review: Here's something rather special from Parisian imprint Steppin' Motion: an EP of previously unheard tracks produced by Italian scene stalwart Enrico Mantini during the early stages of lengthy career. They don't say which is which, but we know that some of the cuts were recorded in 1993, while the others were laid to tape in 1995. Mantini first offers up "Prejection", an undeniably bass-heavy affair that peppers a Bleep-influenced, sub-heavy groove with echoing, New Jersey style organ stabs, before exploring a funkier vibe on the similarly low-slung and swinging "Isolation". Over on side B, "Living Without You" boasts chiming lead lines and a more lolloping, acid-flecked groove, while closing cut "Be One" is a lusciously warming, sax-laden shuffle through hybrid tech-house/deep house pastures. It's a fittingly fine finale.
Review: Long-serving Italian deep house producer Enrico Mantini has been in the game for a long time, first dropping bombs back in the early 90s, but his career has enjoyed a powerful second wind in the past few years with appearances on Half Baked, 4 Lux and more besides. Having released the Inner Heights EP on PURISM earlier in 2017, Mantini returns with an album of immersive, tripped out grooves supposedly recorded live at Tresor in Berlin. The vibe is consistently deep, refined and just a little bit trippy for the minimal house crowd to go head first into.