Friday, 23 December 2011

Nik Fratarolli - Synesthesia

Nik Fratarolli is a name that should be familiar to TIWWD readers by now, but this marks the debut of a brand new name - Nik's own label, Sangoma Music. And a fine debut it is, too.

It's a simple two-track affair. Synesthesia itself is a deep tech number with proggy overtones in its slow-building structure, while on the B, Livin' In The Box is dubby deep house of the finest calibre (and possibly my pick of the two, I think, though both are very good).

As I said, an excellent debut – more soon please Mr Fratarolli!

Out: This week

About: This is what the hype sheet has to say about Sangoma Music: "This is all about getting blown away by magnificent tracks... there'll definitely be no fillers on Nik's watch. No digital bonus mixes. No generic dub versions. No DJ tools. No compromise. But there is room for artistic license: the sound of Sangoma is a building process of experimental sounds on top of deep and tribal foundations, inspired by the likes of Moon Harbour, Freerange, Tsuba, Plastic City and Crosstown Rebels."

Sounds good to me… you can judge for yourself by hitting up Sangoma on Soundcloud and Facebook. In the meantime, I also notice that Nik is a Manchester lad and was a regular at clubs like The Hacienda and The Boardwalk back in the early 90s, so who knows, we may well have hugged each other or shared a bottle of water (or poppers) 20 years ago without realising! Funny how these things go, innit?

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