The ongoing mission of Clone and its many sublabels seems to be the perpetual reimagining of classic house and techno. Taking up the mantle this time is one of their stalwarts, Glasgow's Marco Bernardi. His preoccupation? The optimism and retro-futuristic innocence of Chicago's finest 4/4.
"Days Gone By" is as melancholic as you'd expect, with elastic beats tempered by thin pads and swirling background ambiance, while the muted harmonies of "La Montagne Des Reves" spread out in all directions to an invisible and distant horizon. "The Burning Love Ensemble" is more upright in its kicks and hi-hat ringlets. The chugging beats drag you up to a higher emotional plane once the snares come in, but still it's hard not to lose yourself in the smeared synth landscapes that float by like some futuristic watercolour universe. Reverential maybe, referential certainly, but when you've got tracks this immersive, there's surely no limit to the amount of times one can get lost in such palpable alternative realities.
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Tracklist: Marco Bernardi - The Burning Love Ensemble A Days Gone By
B1 The Burning Love
B2 La Montagne De Reves