Firenze based producer Sciahri, one half of Producer duo UNKNOT, has previous releases on Ilian tape and now comes to Opal Tapes. Moving on from his Mysterious Love release, his sound has grown into deeper and harder techno territories, replacing straight up 909 kicks for heavy and tape distorted low end thuds and washing atmospherics.
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9/10 Ant Staff review, 21 January 2016
This is the second solo EP from Italian DJ/ producer Sciahri - the first came out in 2014 on the Zenker Brothers Ilian Tape label. He’s also half of UNKNOT (along with Emanuele Porcinai) who’ve done a coupla EP’s I’ve not had time to review, but are well worth checking out.
A few seconds into ‘Eremite’ and I’m effortlessly transported into an alternate dimension entirely (note: I am not on drugs). The production creates a cavernous infinite space to get lost in, the kicks are tough but not brutal, disembodied voices hover and the most heavenly synth enveloping me sounds like it’s woven from pure gold angel hair. I think if I heard this in a club I’d probably stop dancing, collapse and melt into a weeping puddle on the dancefloor. Total bliss of a tune that has the feel of the more spectral moments on Sandwell District’s ‘Feed Forward’.
‘Ambiguity’ is a driving warehouse techno stomper, kinda bleepy and euphoric with sharp hi-hats increasing the momentum and given depth with crackles that sound like acid rain, along with lots of less obvious details in the production filling out the percussive elements - and all sequenced with expert tension and release for maximum dancefloor impact.
‘Sublunar’ has a touch of prime Jeff Mills / Basic Channel circa ‘Phylyps Trak’ given a fresh, more contemporary update. Maybe a touch of Sleeparchive in the brew for good measure. ‘Paranoia’ has a bleepy/ chiming bell loop that accelerates into hyperspace ala ‘Temporary Suspension’ period Planetary Assault Systems, making the material world dissolve -- I swear asteroids and shit are flying past me. Despite the few references to other producers, this guy is most definitely honing a futuristic sound all his own - a refreshing approach to fathoms deep floor rockin’ techno. If you're a techno fiend this one's a no brainer.
Criminally limited to 200 copies on Opal Tapes sister label Black Opal - I suspect this’ll be needing a second pressing.
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