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Pirupa – Oldies EP

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When Piero Pirupa released “Party Non Stop”, he probably didn’t envisage the sort of widespread reaction that came with it. The problem now of course, is that each and every release he emits from now on will inevitably be considered with the latter in mind. Were he an incapable producer or a one trick pony, this might be a problem. Fortunately, his most recent endeavour, the ‘Oldies’ EP, only serves to emphasise his standing as a producer of many talents and still rich promise. This is abundantly clear on his maiden outing for Mihalis Safras’ consistent Material label. The title number kicks off with a similar sort of swagger to Atlantic Ocean’s classic hit “Waterfall”: proof if anything that the EP is nothing if not suitably titled. And then, a host of off-kilter, enterprising elements enter the equation, foremost of which is a ringing telephone sound. This could be grating and unnecessary, but when placed alongside a colourful series of textured house motifs, the result is a record that’s brimming with groove and party-starting sensibilities. In other words, it’s a fitting addition to Pirupa’s discography. B-side “Past Stuff” is similarly focused with the past tense in mind, with a heightened, steely atmosphere ensuring it’s like little else we’ve ever encountered from the prolific Italian. It too makes bemusing use of an unnecessary telephone conversation, my only gripe on an EP that’s otherwise fully armed with quality. 

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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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