LA based Producer and modular synthesist David Castellani catapulted into our world this week with two elegant cuts of techno and a sumptious remix from the one and only Redshape.
Italy born David Castellani steps out solo with the launch of his Noetic imprint and the first instalment of a series of EP’s due for release on the label. Featuring reworks from industry heavies including Redshape, Matrixxman and Voiski, “Alpha Gamma” EP and its subsequent releases showcase Castellani and his new imprint’s style – smart & dynamic techno, with a focus on synthesizers & analog hardware.
“Noetic,” defines the phenomenon of intuitively gaining knowledge via psychedelic or mystical experiences. This concept is intricately woven into the appetite of the imprint and every curated release. The label will focus on analog, machine-driven dance music, largely expressed by driving rhythm sections, uncompromising synth lines, and waves of hypnotizing, atmospheric backdrops.
Opening proceedings & setting the tone of the record is title track “Alpha Gamma”, a tension builder complete with rumbling bass, rattling percussion and a deep, weighted acid element. This takes the title as the heavier expedition of the tracks, despite it’s twinkling elements providing balance and light. Galloping minor keys move beneath the main lead line, finely crafted yet menacing, to allow the percussion and synth combinations to take effect.
On remix duties is Berlin based producer Redshape with his rendition of “Alpha Gamma”. The rework is heavier on percussion and hi hats, and employs brooding kick drums and bleating snares to dominate the soundscape. Monstrous, dark synths churn out the melody with overwhelming force while a cunning baseline provides added weight to the track. Throughout the chaos, ethereal keys duet the mayhem from above and provide a touch of light amongst the darkness.
Next up is “Alpha Flux”. A deafening kick drum dominates the opening until flashing detuned synth notes and closed hi hats are introduced. Building momentum and energy, powerful keys cut across the melody and bring with them a hypnotic, swirling flurry of sound. The listener is thrown into a sonic storm before the familiar kick is pushed to the forefront, ringing home until the end of the track.
Full release exclusively on Beatport July 30th, followed by a complete release on all digital music outlets on August 13th.