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Marco Faraone feat. Piegaja – I Will Wait

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Label: Etruria BeatScore: 7/10

Having released on acclaimed labels like Get Physical, Cecille and Moon Harbour, Italy’s Marco Faraone now delivers his debut artist album on his own label Etruria Beat. A 14 tracker that deploys various elements of electronica, house, and techno, the album sees him and his production partner Piegaja traverse the spectrum of dance music with an organic and groovy mentality at its core.

After the beatless intro “Strange Feeling”, “Who Is The Tenor” kick-starts the action with its break beat rhythm and distorted vocal snippets. Indeed there’re also colder techno-sounding moments like “Nothing Else” and “Mistakes”, but apparently there’s a warm, glittering undercurrent flowing through the album, which at some points blossoms into smooth and groovy house cuts.

Lesson” has some twinkling jazzy chords whilst the solid kick and driving synth stabs on “Saw” would be nice for some late night action, but the one that really stands out here is arguably “Your Time”, on which atop a pumping and infectious bassline there’s a Quincy Jones interview excerpt about Michael Jackson – not only has it an comical element on top of a dynamic foundation to engage the crowd, but it also has a gritty old school hip hop flavor, making it a special one for the big room. 

It’s apparent that effort has been made when flowing the album – tracks with different moods and vibes have fallen on the right spots, so when it unfolds it manages to veer into different terrains without getting lost. Despite the fact that not all the tracks here are the sort of super sharp and punchy tools for the dancefloor, all in all it’s a well thought-out and structured collection indeed. 

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Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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