VA – Flowers From The Ashes: Contemporary Italian Electronic Music [SALP006]

‘Flowers From The Ashes’ is the latest multi-artist project to bear the acclaimed Stroboscopic Artefacts imprimatur. There is a sensibility of decadence and corroded grandeur etched within its four album sides, reminding us that historically ‘decadent’ times have nonetheless resulted in some of the boldest acts of individual and collective creativity. Like the ‘floral’ theme that has remained a consistent feature of S.A.’s graphic presentation, the music here equally presents fragility and intensity in a way that really drives home this visual metaphor for good, while still holding out the promise that similar creations will be seeded in the near future. Though many of the artists involved have set of residence outside of their native Italy, all contribute here to make a captivating portrait of a shared spirit and cultural memory. Tracks from Silvia Kastel, Andrea Belfi, Marco Shuttle, Ninos Du Brasil, Alessandro Adriani, Chevel, Lucy, Lory D, Caterina Barbieri and Neel.

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VA – Flowers From The Ashes: Contemporary Italian Electronic Music [SALP006]

Ninos Du Brasil – Para Araras [HOS448]

Italian pair Nico Vascellari and Nicolo Fortuni have only put out a limited amount of output under their Ninos Du Brasil moniker. The A-side’s A Magia Do Rei displays of rolling techno variant kinked with polyrhythmic shuffles, darkside synth strokes and swooping subs, superbly rounded off by Neel’s mastering work. Turn over, and Algo Ou Alguém Entre As Árvores hits a rather different groove accentuating their tribal influences in a roiling, humid swamp of churning bass, scissoring syncopation and layered voices sounding like an extended offcut from the Cannibal Holocaust OST.

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Ninos Du Brasil – Para Araras [HOS448]