Dan Ibbotson, London - United Kingdom - on 13/2/12
Let's Do It Again
In an age where producers and DJ’s constantly push beats and sounds to the next level (with sometimes catastrophic results) it’s a real treat to hear a producer who has both ears so closely locked onto the grooves of the past.
Having already landed a collab with the one and only Chez Damier, it’s fair to say Samann is one of Italy’s most hotly tipped producers. His solo debut release, Let’s Do it Again is out now on the ever on-point Tsuba Records, and sets out perfectly what will no doubt prove to be very busy year for the young Italian.
As the title track develops, the influence of Chez along with 80’s and 90’s Chicago music becomes evident; shuffling hi-hats coupled with a stomping bass provide the foundation to which many early house classics in fact relied upon. Samann seems so at home here, creating a raw sound that channels flawlessly and seamlessly with house music produced several decades ago. With a melody up there with the best MK dubs, this one is a club banger to boot.
On the flip we have an offering from Vakula, a Ukrainian producer who has proved he is not afraid to go deep and trippy. Hot off an excellent remix for Cottam’s recent EP out on AUS music, Vakula takes us below sea-level with this reverb soaked, minimal bass rework; using bleeps and echoes with dramatic effect.
Finally, I Need It pursues very much the same vibe as the title track; with simple bass sounds and jacking house hi-hats, yet goes harder with a more upfront four-to-the-floor beat.
All in all, a solid debut release for the Italian; one that manages to sound fresh yet strongly rooted in classic Chicago house. Be sure to keep both ears on his ongoing project, Room104, with Chez Damier as well as other forthcoming releases on his soundcloud.
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