Various – Five Years Of Love [Castanea Records]

Various - Five Years Of Love [Castanea Records] 1

Various – Five Years Of Love [Castanea Records]

Last year Castanea Records celebrated 5 years of activity by releasing a Various Artists compilation signed by Pressure Point, Mariano Mateljan, Sedee and label owner Patrizio Restelli aka Modbox. The label now returns with part 2 of the celebratory VA titled “Five Years Of Love” featuring a co-production between Topper and Lapucci, Andrei Ciubuc, Birdsmakingmachine and Zefzeed. Based in Italy, the imprint brought forward amazing electronic dance music throughout time, so far collaborating with artists like Yaroslav Lenzyak, Andrey Zots, Nu Zau, Ztrl, G76, Alka_Rex, Pressure Point, Paradroid and Lowris.

Topper and Mattia Lapucci team up for “Erstmal”, opening Side A with a bleeping and glitchy stripped-down sound that’s energized by a seductive vocal sample and elegant rhythmic transitions. The percussion falls into focus here while the numerous micropatterns and tones that swirl around it create a subtle murmuring reverberation that has a mesmerising impact on the speakers. Next up, local DJ and producer Andrei Ciubuc drops “En”, a raw minimalistic piece designed with jagged drums, a pulsating bassline and cavernous dubby chords that evolve and transform as the track flows. An electric simple voice-like cut follows the beat adding even more spice to the whole, as it’s one of the few elements that manage to remain unchanged creating a very interesting contrast.

On Side B we first find Birdsmakingmachine with “Sextant”, a driving minimal cut characterised by swinging layers of drumming, synth stabs and warm background pads. The hampering rhythm provides enough balance to make the track groovy for the dancefloor, with the overall structure and build-ups providing a deep feeling. Closing there’s “A Good Taste” by local artist Zefzeed, a steaming composition that consists only of a few layers that are meticulously interlaced in order to provide a raw and heavy rotative sound which focuses on a harshly modulated voice to tell its story. Definitely a 12” destinated for minimal selectors and enthusiasts, this VA is a must-have!

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Artist: Various
Title: Five Years Of Love
Label: Castanea Records
Cat. number: CST011.2
Release date: 29.01.2020
Format: Vinyl-only


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