- Brilliant acid, house and tribal revivalism from the Italian artist.
- Nick Anthony Simoncino has always worn his influences on his sleeve. He's released 12-inches that clearly reference his favorite dance music, like the Gherkin Tape and Dreams Of Konders EP. But the Italian artist also brings the artists he loves from the past into the present. He's collaborated with the likes of Julian Jonah, been remixed by Mr. Fingers and put out records by Vincent Floyd and others. On his brilliant new EP for Just Jack Recordings, his first in two years, Simoncino deftly—and respectfully—repurposes classic influences for modern dance floors.
Come With Me starts out with a "Chicago section." "Come With Me Bebe" looks back to classic '80s house tracks from the Windy City, splitting the difference between the creepy (Tyree's "I Fear The Night") and romantic (ESP's "It's You") moods that coursed through the genre's beginnings. This is followed by "Acid Life," a dreamy TB-303 cut. Both are absolute bangers.
Simoncino then drops into an unexpected section of tribal house. In a recent interview, he says this section was inspired by rare African jazz and percussion records like 1984's Nakara Percussions, though the three-part "Afrikan" suite puts me in mind of epic hand percussion workouts like Joe Claussell's "Jungle Sounds Dub" of Instant House's "Awade." Excuse these constant references to the past, but Simoncino is a master of recreating and updating. Spotting the influences is half of the fun. Yet there's nothing pedantic or academic about Simoncino's practice—first and foremost, these tracks work.
A1 Come With Me Bebe
A2 Acid Life
A3 Afrikan I
B1 Afrikan Ii
B2 Afrikan Iii
B3 Ambient Deep