Fascinating project for which Dave Saved and NPLGNN, as L.O.A, have cut together and edited recordings of parties held in Naples between 2001 - 2003. As much as it's a piece of sound art, this is a work of archival, a museum on a cassette. Hidden amid the chopping and the screwing are house icons like Frankie Knuckles.
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Here we have a mixtape from L.O.A. which is a collaboration between Giovanni Napolano and Davide Salvati aka NPLGNN and Dave Saved. The audio has been constructed by sampling CDs containing live recordings of house music parties held by the Angels Of Love crew in Naples somewhere around 2001-2003. Think what Lee Gamble did with jungle and The Caretaker mulching up ballroom music and you're somewhere in the right area.
Manipulating the recordings and adding f/x they coax a sort of hauntology of the era which mirrors the darker side of rave/dance music culture. There’s a whole generation that had their third eyes opened by raving; the ecstasy, unity, epiphanies and spiritual awakenings right there on the dancefloor, but along with all the positive vibes there was and still is a darker side. The coming down, psychosis, addiction, mental health issues etc. That shit can take its toll on the old brain cells. This mix is like the MDMA damaged memories of joyous moments of hedonism, blurred and smudged through their processes of chopping and screwing the source material into bleaker psychedelic dreamscapes with hallucinatory voices, the distant throb and pulse of the party all melting into a gloopy syrup of melting brain goo. The overall effect is like a flashback to those 6:00 AM "Will I ever come down" moments.
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