A perfectly weighted 55-minute mix (credited to the Bosconi Soundsystem, a four man team led by label-owner Fabio Della Torre), the first half of Stallions is reminiscent of a Dixon or Michael Mayer set. Tracks aren't faultlessly beat-matched into one monotonous groove, but instead blended in grand fading arcs and clever transitions. The eerie library music samples and shimmering, disembodied funk guitars of San Proper and The Clover's "Voices" melt into the suppressed agitation of A Guy Called Gerald's "Thu The Diehold." By the time IFM's heartbreaking "Dirty Vibes" usurps the monolithic "The Legend Of Neglect," Stallions is operating in Levon Vincent territory, where New York house is reborn as a dark and clattering reverie.
Later, the mix slips into more orthodox main room house grooves, but there's nothing wrong with that when such familiar loops are sandwiched between the playful eccentricity of Della Torre's edit of Nightdrivers, or the evergreen bloops and blurts of The Oliverwho Factory's "Mind Free." That Bosconi usher in the flutes and jazz-funk references of Riccio's "Put The Man Out" to close the set tells you all that you need to know: the label is operating beyond genre distinctions and audience expectations, in a semi-detached world of its own.