Plus 8 Records
TBR: 1st February
Sliding in on the dance-floor after three years of musical silence, Plus 8 Records unleash the power of Fabio Florido on the masses with this high energy and resounding EP. The multiverse is massive, and with every idea and notion catered for in the infinite realm of possibility, the beats can only go down a corridor of truth. One of Tuscany's finest DJs, and a fresh bread hot producer, Fabio Florido knows exactly what he's doing when it comes to rooms of people who need to dance. The seemingly endless hours of sessions and sets in Italy, Ibiza, and beyond all culminate in the ability of the day which goes down on permanent impress for everyone to enjoy and remember.
The EP begins with a swirling bassline that's engineered to fill all the corners and gradually reach out to encapsulate the whole room. A thudding bass drum acts like a central vector, from which the throbbing synthesiser bass notes find, cling to, and scale. Once they reach their desired pace, the drum pauses briefly to ensure the new sound structure has stability. A few moments pass and everything keeps going as it ought to. That's when a heightened form of the bass drum rolls in with hats and snares entwined which ultimately result in a huge rhythmic progression into techno inspired rave mentality sounds. A real mover after a minute or two, title track Multiverse has that same feel we find in stuff like Cosmic Gate with Exploration of Space. (Follow the link for eBay rarities.)
The Long Fall opens with another pounding bass drum mirrored by a double-timed resonator which could almost be a sports car. The revs increase in amplitude and they're joined by cracking cymbal strikes which smooth the top end into a curvy and sleek run-off. Swirling undersounds grow from the edges and create wholesome and fluffy sonics which gather the individual elements into one place. The beat evolves and with each new pass of the vinyl deck, another push of motion is given room to breath. Having a more hedonistic flavour than the first track, that same dance energy is pushed upwards into more cerebral zones.
Much like the first track, third up Omniverse starts off with an experimental sound delivery of warbling tones. These grow to create a section of bass drum rhythms which are sprinkled with percussive strikes in various places. These gather and fade like groups of cool kids looking for the right place to be seen. As they each find their sweet-spots, the mix grows in intensity with every culmination of settled beats. Forming a big picture over several layers with every passing corner of the sound, the rhythm remains addictive and catchy, and as we're led down the path of dance, a floor shaking synthesiser rhythm pushes everything to one side in order to fuel the movement.
MINUS regular Matador takes a hold of Multiverse for the fourth and final offering on the high energy EP. This remix track throws everything Matador has at the already excellent composition to invoke a slightly different and more trance flavoured version of the number. Fruity basslines and spiralling synths spell a cloudy journey through mountaintop avenues of sound while pinpoint bass and drum throw a fixative blend of percussives down to keep everyone within the edges.
This four track floor-filler is one for the decks and of course for those who like to party in the living room, like me, it's one for the mp3 player too.
Rowan Blair Colver for the Homunculus Media Group
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