- Melodic acid and techno from a new Uruguayan artist.
- The tenth release on Nicolas Lutz's excellent My Own Jupiter label comes from Michelle, a young and little-known Uruguayan producer. Her only previous release is the outstanding Arquetipo EP for Fede Lijtmaer's El Milagro Records. In terms of the music's quality and the labels involved, it's an impressive start.
Zocco sees Michelle mine more classic sounds, recreating the kind of lairy acid and bass-heavy '90s techno Nicolas Lutz tends to play. The punchy yet seductive "Hardcoredancing" is the highlight, where an addictive bell motif combines with a tough, mechanical beat. There's a trancey influence at other points. "Glyptotheca" features the distinctive rolling, acid bassline common in classic trance and acid techno. Like on Zocco's best moments, a simple arrangement is livened by a perfectly programmed synth line.
These memorable melodic earworms set Michelle's standout tracks apart, but when they're absent there's not much to fall back on. Tracks like "Suburbia" and "Transatlantico" are overshadowed by their superior neighbouring tracks, and aren't different enough to demand much playtime. Zocco might be slightly too long. You could pick your top four tracks and get a killer EP, but across two discs there are too many that slip by. That said, it's worth getting for those good moments.
B2 Gospel Side
D1 Art For Arts Sake