Sunday, 27 June 2010

AeN - Hacienda EP

As this is Italian, I'm not sure whether the "hacienda" of the title refers to Manchester's most famous former yacht showroom, or just someone's very big house in the country… but still, if it's sleek, traditional-style house grooves you're after, this is a very solid bet.

The beats and disco-fied bassline on the Original of Hacienda remind me of early UK garage circa 1995, before Spin Spin Sugar and the whole speed garage thing… you could have played this, told me it came out on Nice N' Ripe or Confetti back in the day and I'd have easily believed you. Which is praise indeed, coming from me!

Remixes come from Manu L, Salvo Castelli and Fabiano Bion… all of whom make the track sound a little more contemporary, though to me it loses some of its old skool charm in the process. Never mind though, cos on bonus track Twin Twice it's back to that late 90s vibe once more, this time with a walking disco bassline and jazzy keys providing a no-nonsense midtempo shaker for the floor.

Out: This week

About: This is the latest from fledgling Italian label Blackrose - their fifth release, in fact. Here's what they have to say about themselves on their MySpace:

The Turin label BlackRose Records was founded in early 2009 by the DJ/Producer Alessandro Verros with his music partner, the DJ/Producer Stefano Genta. BlackRose is a label "new house sounds" a combination of deep, minimal and house. The project aims to bring out a new scenario, fresh and original, carried on by artists who work around the underground world scene.

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