Reviewed: My Heart Live With Nic Fanciulli
Words by Jake Gable
Bringing heat to the decks of East London’s Village Underground on a cold January evening, Nic Fanciulli is the perfect embodiment of the old saying, “You get out what you put in.”
On this basis, the punchline to such a statement is his aptly named debut album, My Heart. For over a decade, Fanciulli has been searching for an aural embodiment of his many years of blood, sweat, and floor-filling loops, with ‘My Heart’ the final destination on his bold and melodic journey.
Showcasing his sound to the Shoreditch crowd on Friday 26th January, Nic’s roll call of support included Citizenn b2b Jamie Roy and Audion; with the latter providing dark, driving beats clad in the chunky textures we’ve come to expect from the American producer.
Decked out in the emotive raindrop-esque lighting from the High Scream team, who provide production for Nic’s Ushuaia and Hi Ibiza shows, one of the first noticeable qualities of Nic’s Live set came in the shape of a futuristic lighting rig, which whirled in unison to the sound of Nic’s deep beats, delighting a really vocal crowd.
Featuring the gentle tones of keys with gently circling synths that flit around a slowed vocal loop, Fanciulli’s intro began its descending house riff, with the album’s “100 mph” offering a grittier, minimalistic track full of ominous, shadowy chords.
Effortlessly smooth in the mix, Nic’s ‘My Heart Live’ event felt more like one continuous flow of percussive tones, mixed with crowd pleasing weapons, than a showcase of a track-by-track journey, and left the Village Underground with a clear, and sweet, taste of Nic Fanciulli’s production prowess, but also, a slice of his soul, and as the event suggests, his heart.