Valentino Kanzyani – Love & Gratitude EP3
Artists: Valentino Kanzyani
Format: 12″ Vinyl, File .mp3
A1. Viole(n)t Thoughts
C1. Chord Release
Digital Only. Florence Berry
Digital Only. La Radio feat Naza
Digital Only. Feel Cute
Slovenian born Valentino Kanzyani has been one of Cadenza’s secret weapons over the last twelve months, already building a solid profile with the first two installments of his ‘Love & Gratiude’ series. And now he delivers the third, and final, part of this musical trilogy, with seven brand new tracks. Featuring on the double pack vinyl are four choice cuts, with the remaining tracks coming on digital download, and Valentino himself mixing a continuous ‘Love & Gratitude’ mix to be released on CD, featuring almost all of the compositions released on the series.
‘Viole(n)t Thoughts’ opens the vinyl pack, a sultry and smooth workout, its light percussion providing the melody, and a groove that is so intoxicating, its 14 minute tenure really hypnotises. ‘Automatique’ is a track that comes with grand design, cinematic string sweeps and deft keys shape the deep house rhythm, its filtered hats forever propelling things forward. On the second disc, ‘Chord Release’ continues to define Kanzyani’s sound, a minimal and dark pallette onto which sub-tropical effects and precision hits and claps are layered, but never over cooking the recipie, just on point and effective dance rhythms. And closing the vinyl EP is ‘Nesimtitule’, its disjointed arrangement providing the space for the vocal hits and wandering bass, and an elegant string breakdown, again giving filmatic qualities to his music that have been so prevalent in the Love & Gratitude series.
Valentino kanzyani – Love & Gratitude EP2
Artists: Valentino Kanzyani
Format: 12″ Vinyl, File .mp3
Released: Sept 2012
The first track ‘Mirvan’ is the heaviest cut on the EP, and has a tension and vibe similar to the raw rhythms that Berghain residents Ben Klock or Marcel Dettmann might play at the Berlin techno temple. When some pads fade in around the 2:30 mark, you can sense Kanzyani’s desires to coerce you into a dreamlike state. The sounds are infinite and all pervasive, like outer space, forever expanding beyond the reaches of any known logic or meaning. The beats are drowned out at points by the ever-growing black hole of sound, however the drumming is reliable and constant, like an engine that never stutters.
B1. Chanta Lopez
The second track ‘Chanta Lopez’ is more housy, with a tangible bassline and more swing in the groove. Loose claps on alternating delay patterns keep the tension high in the first part of the track, before a metallic, machine-like synth cranks into gear. Unlike ‘Mirvan’, the synth has a recognizable melody and moves with purpose. At times, the synth combinations almost turn into an acoustic guitar-like moment in the track’s only breakdown, and the resulting drop brings a welcome change in bassline pace. This is a very modern house track, and the quiet optimism of ‘Chanta Lopez’ suggests a new dawn – a light at the end of the dark tunnel – like waking up on a Tuesday morning to find a cool afterparty happening in your living room.
X1. Una Noche En Paraiso (Digital Bonus)
The third track on the EP, ‘Une Noche En Paraiso’, begins with a nonsensical series of random drum patterns, as if the producer was clicking through all of the possible drum sounds in search of the perfect one and accidentally recorded all of his beat auditions onto the track. A clicky drum groove, funky and syncopated, gets dirtier as a growling bassline is added, before Kanzyani works in some un-bridled synthesizers. As the synths grow in stature, they become floaty and magical, like a panpipe fairy leading you down a path. More orchestral sounds then join the mix, which give the track a feeling not too far away from classical music, which is odd considering the repetitive techy drums. The sense of grandeur that the melody creates, quickly dissipates as Kanzyani brings the track back to reductionist glitchy house for the remainder of its time, and in the end, ‘Une Noche En Paraiso’ is like one quick toe dip into the sublime.
X2. ElCirculo De La Vida Dub (Digital Bonus)
The final track on the EP is a special dub version of ‘El Circulo De La Vida’, which appeared on ‘Love & Gratitude EP1’. Without the original’s weird Shamanic Spanish conversation running over the track, the cut’s beautiful and serene melody is allowed to take center stage.
Back in April, Slovenia’s Valentino Kanzyani dropped the first half of a two part underground house EP on Cadenza, titled ‘Love & Gratitude EP1’. It was his debut release on Luciano’s label, and was dark and funky for the most part, with the majority of the four tracks’ energy coming from percussion and raw beats (Kanzyani is currently working on an album for Cadenza, which will contain mainly new and unreleased tracks).
Felipe Valenzuela & Dani Casarano – Better Than Less
Label: Melisma Limited
Format: 12″ Vinyl
Released: 30 July 2012
Dani Casarano & Felipe Valenzuela’s Melisma imprint has, over the course of its seven releases, swiftly built a strong legion of supporters. Its support of young artists has been bolstered by the inclusion of remixes from internationally acclaimed artists including Lee Van Dowski and Markus Fix. With Satoshi Tomiie’s “Prism Vision” ep still causing global dancefloor waves, Melisma ready themselves to enter the realm of the black gold. Yes sir, Dani and Felipe announce the first of their Melisma Limited series. With only 200 vinyl copies of each ep available and a full digital release some month away, this digi-DJ promo is that much more exclusive! First up and its the label chiefs themselves who take centre stage with “Better Than Less”. The original with its warm and deliciously funky bassline, twisted piano stabs and smooth synth chords is a perfect slice for summer. Ryan Crosson’s rework sees him match the sounds of his electronic laboratory with organic bongo beats. Mysterious, atmospheric and with a brilliantly elasticated bassline, the mix sees the Detroit native take us for a wonderful walk on the wild side. On a similar but far more percussive tip comes Valentino Kanzyani. The Slovenian producer reworks the original in stunning fashion, creating a perfect terrace moment. Welcome to the jungle! Marc Antona – “Love the rhythm of Ryan Crosson’s remix and Valentino’s stylish vision of the track !” Anthony Collins – “Hey guys, Valentino’s remix is super good!!!” Raresh – “Cool tracks inside this EP! Valentino’s mix is my fave.Support!” Luca Bacchetti – “Nice organic elements and atmospheres for Ryan and Valentino, both remixes are great!! Ryan! really digging the percussions and the effected reggae piano . I’m sure I’ll play these versions all summer long. Great job on the original too.