REVIEW: Robert Hood, Ken Ishii, Marcel Dettmann and many others remix Mattia Trani

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Mattia invited his favorite producers from the past and present to create their own vision of his music.

The remix album is scheduled for a June 30 release and will be released on vinyl, 3-part, and digital.

First up are Detroit legend Robert Hood and pioneer Luke Slater as Planetary Assault Systems. The two remixed “One More Step,” taking the minimalist tool into more percussive realms. Ken Ishii, Mattia’s favorite producer from the ’90s, reworked “Scenery” adding timeless Japanese futuristic atmospheres to the track. Marcel Dettmann delivered, for him, an unusual 122bpm deep house thump through his version of “Videogame,” which features vocals from Theo Nasa.

In the second 12”, the best hard-techno producers and djs of the moment Alignment, Indira Paganotto and Lee Ann Roberts, gave a contract for 2023 to “Biologic Horror”, “End of Days” and “No Future”. Paul Ritch and Luigi Madonna complete the lineup with their acid versions of the old school.

Finally, the third vinyl sees Mattia’s close friend Fedele remix “Scenery” into a melodic hit. To conclude, there are K91, Matgroove and Gianma Bln, all emerging artists from Italy and students at Mattia’s music academy. Each tackled “infinite optimism,” but while K91 explored breaks, Matgroove took a deeper route, and Gianma Bln played crisp arrangements.

All the artists show us the great versatility behind this record label, and what makes this compilation something dizzying, which moves with a progression of chords that are like serotonin bombs, and some melodic touches, which make for a great set. . The themes are forceful and leap above the prevailing conventions, knowing how to avoid the most recurring rough edges and darkness, looking for dance but without predictable tricks and without exceeding an understandable level of experimentation appropriate to the theme.

On many occasions, the world of music is similar to that of the stock market, and the attention paid to an artist depends on his ability to be ubiquitous, to never step on the brake. There are those who are ‘up’ more for the gift of timing and persistence than for the true quality of their music, and then we have those who are down. But thanks to works like Mattia’s, they have managed to enable some artists, of indisputable quality and musical trajectory, ignored by market trends, to emerge and re-emerge in the most fair way, as is the case that concerns us now.

Written by: Alejandro Serrano

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