Our next Chapter brings Berlin-based Daniele Di Martino to the fore with a typically robust and direct offering in the form of the Transformer EP.
The MONO.NOISE label head follows up recent releases on Get Physical, Katermukke and Bar 25 with a set of three heavy hitters that showcase his clinical style and very effectively straddle the more melodic end of the worlds of house and techno.
Title track 'Transformer' delivers chunky beats, afro swagger and hooky call and response synths that make for a memorable and lasting impression and beg repeat plays. Meanwhile 'Something' follows this up with a crescendo of eerie top lines and unsettling atmospheres that give way to a pulsing, undulating techno groove. Both tracks are a masterclass in the use of dancefloor tension.
The package is rounded off by a collaboration with fellow Berliner Robin Schellenberg. 'Gerudi' has a slightly techier flavour anchored around a repeating synth, all set off by a devastating squelchy bass and a soaring break.
These powerful stories in sound are bound to be recounted again and again this summer.