Cadenza not special anymore? Yeah, we've gone over that. But now we've got a digital sub-label, which should only add fuel to the raging bonfire. As purists finally give in to the digital revolution, though (or, at the very least, stop shouting from the rooftops and acknowledge the ways things are in 2010), you'll likely see the stigma associated with digital-only releases fade into the distance. Luciano, for his part, gives immediate credence to Cadenza Lab by virtue of providing its debut release.
The two track EP clocks in at a weighty 35 minutes, as the label boss takes full advantage of the format and stretches things out. Interminable? To some maybe, but that's hardly the point. "La Nuve" and "Amael Drama" are like soups that only get good once they've had the time to absorb the juices of everything around them. Luciano sets out lovely beats in each and then sets each to boil slowly, throwing in extra hi-hats here and little nuggets of synthesizer there. Each has the same taste of some of his earliest productions for Cadenza, taking their power from the microscopic and intricate. "Amael Drama" is the more immediate of the two by virtue of the stunning kora that enters into the proceedings at six minutes, but both prove that digital-only doesn't necessarily mean second-rate. Instead, it's simply another way to get your music into people's hands, a lesson that vinyl purists might bother contemplating the next time that their "limited edition" release doesn't sell out.
Tracklist: Luciano - La Nuve01. La Nuve
02. Amael Drama