Touane is a hard one to pin down, which sometimes works to his disadvantage. His (very) recent album, ‘Figura,’ was a beautifully produced narrative laden with ideas, but, like a film with too many characters and fast edits, the story became a series of micro-vignettes, each element lacking the development it deserved.
Yet since moving to Berlin two years ago from Italy, Touane has had a good run. ‘Malto’ is already his second 12” this year, he’s done several remix projects, he’s released two albums, last year ‘Bassic’ was included on the Tiefschwarz Fabric mix, and he’s had 12”s out on Stewart Walker’s Persona label as well as Dumb Unit and Trenton Records.
Though aimed at the floor rather than home listening, the new EP runs along similar lines to ‘Figura’ - it’s packed with ideas from electro to funk to hollow minimal. The title track has a bouncing groove scattered with spacey sound effects that functions, but doesn’t take off. On ‘Mesi,’ Tonni combines a dry Chain Reaction k-nackiness with funky bass and cheesy synths. But ‘Morso’ is where Tonni shines: the beat is driving and the melody is strange and gentle – it’s cohesive, and it sounds like nothing else but Touane.
There are interesting things happening on this record, but Tonni’s eclectic inclusiveness often means a deeper resolution is sacrificed.
Tracklist: Touane - MaltoA Malto