Heady techno from a veteran of the style.
Hydra, Meneghello's solo debut on Svreca's always on-point Semantica label, is arguably his biggest release to date. He rises to the occasion, offering uptempo tunes for headier dance floors. "Caph" levitates with a glimmering mélange of synth notes, while the subtly electro-tinged "St130" swoops in, wraithlike, with a couple echoing acid riffs—one big, bassy and maw-like, the other lean, trebly and sinuous. "Vvat" seems to repurpose that bassline for a more straightforward cut that emphasizes the nervous tension of a three-note synth figure. But the best, and most distinctive, is "Esp." A syncopated halftime cut with stunning pads, it perfectly encapsulates the Alan Backdrop sound.