- While Donato Dozzy's techno credentials are well established, his house chops are less recognised. The Italian artist was billed for a house set at this year's Labyrinth festival, and few realise that he is a former resident at Panorama Bar, where he honed the ethereal, rolling style central to his techno sets today. These days he spins tougher beats and his productions land firmly in the techno camp, but every now and then—"Cassandra" being a recent example—his tracks skew towards house. Dozzy launched the Afterhouse Series to dive into that sound, which Volume I explores with four functional tunes.
Instead of "Cassandra"'s dreamy melancholy, Volume I gives us analogue sludge. "D" and "E," both on the B-side, could have been released on Workshop, with tempos in the low 120s and a melodic bassline on the former that recalls Kassem Mosse's hardware house. The foggy "B" and "C," on the A-side, also feel like warm-up tracks. A jagged synth makes the former feel especially twisted, while the more atmospheric "C" works with softer tones. Volume I doesn't have the cosmic brilliance we associate with Dozzy, but these tracks would be a great soundtrack to any party's opening hours.