label:GUDU (GER)


A1. Particle Fever
A2. Farout
B1. Call By Your Nail
B2. Clockroom

Following releases and collaborations from Maurice Fulton, DMX Krew and London°«s JRMS, the fifth installment on Peggy Gou°«s Gudu imprint introduces another new artist. Brain De Palma is the fresh alias of compulsive crate digger Alexei Versino, who - as one half of cult duo Stump Valley and solo as Panama Keys - has released on labels including Rush Hour, Dekmantel and Off Minor. Born in Ukraine, Brain De Palma°«s parents chose to leave the area following the fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Settling as a child in Turin, the Italian °∆motor city°«, Versino was immersed in the local techno scene in his teens and many more since, navigating Europe for decades, immersed in disparate musical corners, from the squat raves of early-noughties Bristol to the laid back charm of the Balaerics and the cultural contrasts of Egypt. Much as his life has changed, a heart-on-sleeve love of both music and cinema have informed Versino°«s often spontaneous journey, just as they inform °∆Call Me By Your Nail°«, his assured and sophisticated four-track debut EP for Gudu. Recorded with imagination and much-needed optimism during the initial stages of 2020, °∆Particle Fever°« begins in earnest as a detailed introduction to the liquid smooth sonic aesthetic of Brain De Palma, with a warm, slow-trance atmosphere evolving to generate the sort of melodies that would sit front-and-centre on less refined productions. Instead, the intent is quietly anthemic, an understated approach that equally informs the blissful electronics found on °∆Farout°«, an almost psychedelic exercise that finds ethereal tones and rhythmic peace in the analogue extremes of De Palma°«s studio. These impulses switch from fluttering to fantastical on the title track, °∆Call Me By Your Nail°«. Undoubtedly taking inspiration from Middle-Eastern styled arrangements and naturalistic sounds, De Palma°«s adaptation, influenced by his time on the Sinai Peninsula, creates a refreshingly innovative sound palette in this offbeat machine translation. Finally, riding on only the slightest percussion, Versino creates a compelling, acid-tinged trip across °∆Clockroom°«, rolling out suspense, tension and subtle euphoria often with only the subtlest of oscillations.

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