Nuel – Tecnica [SEM086]

Manuel Fogliata is one of Italian techno’s most singular artists and deservedly gets lumped in with the modern sound of Rome alongside such greats as Donato Dozzy: whom he’s collaborated with as Aquaplano. The Madrid based Semantica imprint is a fitting home for his style of tribal-trance techno, which incorporates hypnotic elements (much like his peers) but with more emphasis on polyrhythms: his niche. A side cut “Blue-Ray” is one such track: a Roman raindance.. if we’ve ever heard such a thing! On the flip, he’s got you covered for droning/tripped-out late night adrenaline on “Caustic” while “Deep Thought” really does rate him up there with legends like Mike Parker or Cio D’or when its comes to conjuring those ghosts in the machine: this is real heady techno geared for some proper ‘WTF’ moments on the dancefloor.

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Nuel – Tecnica [SEM086]

Nuel – Hyperboreal [FUR100LP]

Italian DJ and producer Manuel Fogliata hasn’t released a lot of records over the last ten years, but the few he has put out have always been worth tracking down. Perhaps best known for his work alongside Donato Dozzy in creating the much sought-after Aquaplano records at the tail end of the last decade, Nuel’s solo outings have been just as consistent and just as impressive. Whether taking on metallic electro or syrupy, bass-heavy ambience, Nuel’s attention to detail and his keen ear for a groove has made each release something to treasure.

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Nuel – Hyperboreal [FUR100LP]

TGP aka Claudio PRC & Ness – Icore [OUTIS007]

For the next release Outis Music has chosen Sardinian artists Claudio PRC and Ness. Both known previously for their solo projects, their collaborations, and also together as “The Gods Planet” they journey deep into remote sides of techno music. The affinity between concepts of their TGP project and Dino Sabatini’s philosophy leads them to make their contribution to the label. “Icore” is an obsessive and straight 4/4 track, where a hypnotic and synthetic arp floats into visceral and noisy atmospheres. Beside the original, Italian artist Nuel give his dry and wild version, as well label boss Dino Sabatini complete the EP with a very deep and transcendental remix.

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TGP aka Claudio PRC & Ness – Icore [OUTIS007]

Donato Dozzy & Nuel – The Aquaplano Sessions [SP033]

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When the Aquaplano records were first released in 2008 and 2009 they were distinctly out of step with the way techno appeared to be heading. The minimal detour was reaching its logical endpoint, and producers were returning to the 1990s for inspiration, with Berghain and Sandwell District at the vanguard of a new techno movement. What the Aquaplano sessions shared in common were slower BPMs and finding inspiration in the 1990s, but there they parted ways. The influences these Italians were drawing on were rather different, returning to tribal rhythms and ambient textures to sketch out a much more heady, psychedelic form of techno. The results were a perfect balance of hypnotic beats and swirling atmosphere geared for a broken-in dancefloor or the hazy afterhours. Across these two records Dozzy and Nuel would go a long way towards creating the template for a brand of deep, atmospheric techno that has become much more prominent in the years since. And while many have sought to imitate this sound, few – if any – have matched what first emerged from the Aquaplano sessions. After only being available in a very limited run, it is fitting that the sonic blueprints provided by Dozzy and Nuel are now available again – and much more widely – at a time when their influence is as strong as it has ever been.

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Donato Dozzy & Nuel – The Aquaplano Sessions [SP033]