- As well as knocking out emotional house and techno on their own, Italian brothers Alessandro and Federico Fognini (AKA Mind Against) have a knack for collaboration, as laid out on this year's Elysium / Pulsar 12-inch with Locked Groove. With fellow Italian Federico Maccherone (AKA Somne), Vertere strikes an effective balance between Mind Against and the eerie soundscapes that Maccherone has fashioned in his Clockwork project with Francesco Leali.
"Vertere" has a thrumming, discordant mood that establishes itself with stabbing creaks and clanks, sharing space with warmly propulsive bass and percussive undercurrents. The zig-zagging synth melody seals an impressive distillation of brittle paranoia and graceful sheen. Tobias Freund keeps just about everything low-key on his remix of "Vertere," stripping away the pin-sharp adornments and letting it roll forward in a subtle daze. Wafts of foghorn bass and soft snares barely pierce the surface of his glowing, atmospheric rework.
B1 Vertere (Tobias. Remix)