Excellent deep techno on Donato Dozzy and Neel's label.
Valentino Mora - Transmagnetic
Donato Dozzy and Neel are responsible for some of the best deep techno ever produced, so their Spazio Disponibile label is, naturally, among the style's best sources. It's released almost 20 records since launching in 2016, most of which have mined the spacey sounds and moods its founders have explored for the past decade. Many have come from up-and-coming artists, but the latest, Valentino Mora, is more established. Formerly known as French Fries and for his role running ClekClekBoom, a Paris-based outlet for punchy club music, he's since turned to the hypnotic sounds found on Transmagnetic, his latest EP. Dense and intricate, it's a quality deep techno release.
DJs seeking obvious club tracks should look elsewhere. Of the four options, only "Hualien" has a strong four-on-the-floor pulse. Even so, it's too deep for peak-time, chugging at a restrained 120 BPM while synths squark and fizzle around the stereo spectrum. The other tracks are deeper and more immersive. "Transmagnetic" and "Second Skin" are atmospheric and hopeful, tinged with the same tropical flecks as Acronym's excellent June. It's a powerful zone that's explored all too rarely in today's techno, where doom and darkness is the dominating sound. Leave it to Dozzy and Neel to draw from outside the box.
Tue / 8
A1 Yant Suea
B2 Second Skin