Herva makes dance music in from his base in rural Italy, at considerable remove from the ‘scene’. This, plus the fact that he primarily uses hand-tweaked hardware and software to produce his tracks, means that he sounds notably different from most house and techno producers: a little odder, a little wonkier. Kila is out on Planet Mu.
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Herve Atsè Corti has been putting out tracks on Bosconi Extra Virgin, Delsin, All City, Kontra-Musik, Don’t Be Afraid and has now been given a platform on Planet Mu. And deservedly so as this guy’s productions aren’t your bog standard looped to death house and techno affairs. I suspect he gets busy on the MPC but who knows… well him obviously but I don’t. The style across ‘Kila’ deconstructs and reconstructs house and techno with a sorta hip-hop methodology giving the tracks real dynamics, be it a soulful string sample or stuttering beat but not in a predictable glitchy way. His roots as a drummer shine through with his approach to rhythm.
Maybe imagine Aaron Funk stitching together warm house and techno sounds and odd samples instead of Amen’s but not quite as splattered into oblivion. It’s all squidged and crumpled up inventive funky gear that feels at home on a Planet Mu - but then doesn’t really sound like anyone else on the label either. There’s metallic dubby techno bits, chopped hip-hop, the odd breakbeat, snatches from UK hardcore, maybe disco. All sorts going off - the bloody lot!
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