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Rico Casazza – Leaving Las Vegas

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CartuilisCasazza.jpgLabel: Cartulis MusicScore: 8/10

London label Cartulis Music springs straight out of the traps here courtesy of their debut release, the quite exceptional Leaving Las Vegas, an offering that’s served up by emerging Italian producer Rico Casazza, a man with previous on the likes of Serialism, Wiggle and Arnaud Le Texier’s Safar Numerique. And on the basis of this EP, both Cartuilis and Casazza are set to enjoy very fruitful 2014s.

It should come as no surprise to learn then, that Cartulis’ latest is a particularly auspicious one. The melodic facets that comprise the original are a real joy to behold, and a welcome distraction from the slew of sometimes generic 4/4 currently pervading the marketplace. A track full of depth, nuance and musical integrity, ”Leaving Las Vegas” is a melancholic effort that speaks volumes of all involved. Joel Alter’s interpretation of the track is even more atmospheric drive than its predecessor, as the Bass Culture man tickles our senses by allowing only a smidgen of late to enter the fray.

”Departures” sees Casazza in arguably even more experimental mode, as he calls on some unusual field samples to capture the ambiance. Such alluded to samples come from the airport, and would probably sound odd where it not for the gentle underpinning of warm, fuzzy synths that lurk throughout. Brendon ‘Echologist’ Moeller might therefore, not seem like the most obvious man to remix the latter, but then, as you’ve probably realised by now, this isn’t an EP where convention rules the roost. As such, the New Yorker closes the EP in dizzying fashion, as he lets a mound of dubby pads rule the roost on a remix that turns the original upside-down and inside-out. Every time I listen to this EP I encounter something new – a truly great hallmark of a truly great EP.

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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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