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- The Aquaplano Sessions by Donato Dozzy & Nuel
9/10 Ant Staff review, 27 February 2014
As much as I love the music that’s emanated from Detroit, Chicago, New York, Belgium and so on over the years Italian techno has always been a passion of mine since the early days of Leo Anibaldi and Lory D but I feel it never really gets the credit it deserves in the same way that Italo disco does. What really floored me years down the line was a kind of second wave of Italian producers; Giorgio Gigli, Dino Sabatini, Francesco Baudazzi the Zooloft label etc. and of course Donato Scaramuzzi aka Donato Dozzy. When they emerged with their ultra deep heady brand of techno it was like it was tailor made for my tastes in the same way that Steve Bicknell’s 90’s output or Mike Parker’s tracks just totally resonate with me.
Sadly back in 2008 I wasn’t anywhere near fortunate enough to even get a sniff of the Aquaplano 12”s Dozzy released with Nuel aka Manuel Fogliata. Available through Hardwax initially and then disappeared into the stuff of legend commanding high prices on Discogs I feared I’d never get to properly hear these tracks but thanks to John Elliott / Spectrum Spools prayers have been answered with this double vinyl set plus a CD edition helping spread the sound to folks that have been hankering to get hold of these tracks and of course a whole new audience entirely
Listening now at like 10:00AM has me wishing I was on a dancefloor lost in the smoke and strobes, tripping and totally losing my shit to these endlessly deep productions. The rhythms have a kinda tribal funk to them but not in the same way as all that boring late 90’s tribal recycled loops shit did, you know like when techno got super boring and then all the wack minimal stuff later was almost the final nail in the coffin. Techno became so percussive all the other sounds seemed to have vanished. These tracks looked back at deeper shades of ambient techno from the 90’s and with that inspiration helped to reinvigorate techno. In the more chilled moments you can here the foundations of Dozzy’s ‘K’ album and Voices Of The Lake in an embryonic state while the more driving dancefloor tracks like ‘Aqua 1’ is pure Mike Parker/ Geophone style super mesmerising transcendental techno magic. Eight killer tracks, no filler. Essential techno.
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