Drawing on a pedigree of lush synth experimentation and cutting drum arrangements, Alfredo Mazzilli has been pushing his own brand of hypnotic techno over the past several years, charting releases with Lanthan Audio, Weekend Circuit and Edit Select. Now, Blankstairs is proud to announce the first U.S.-based release for the Italian producer with “Vanaheimr”, a pair of new tracks coupled with remixes from Clay Wilson and Hiver.
Mazzilli’s work takes a considered pathway that walks the line between form and function, pulling his thick landscapes of synth wash and melodic punctuations through cutting rhythm tracks that owe as much to classic drum machine workouts as the dub-techno stalwarts that he frequently draws on here. Sculptural precision and rhythmic development work in tandem here, giving each track a shifting framework that seems to never touch down in the same place twice.
It’s best seen in B-side “Njord”, a full-on assault of staccato kicks and flickers of percussion elements fleshed out with a series of short, repetitive pads, and washes of reverb, that create a meditative progression of interlocking textures. A similar approach defines A-side “Vanir”, where a lighter series of synth arrangements are woven through a driving, hypnotic rhythm that offers a fitting counterpoint to Njord’s brutal kick patterns.
These are tracks about patience and concentration, allowing the slow, coursing process of the track to take center stage, turning the track into a negotiation between its functional, rhythmic ground and the high-mind ephemerality his arrangements conjure. A pair of remixes join Mazzilli’s compositions, with The Bunker New York/Styles Upon Styles alum Clay Wilson twisting “Njord” towards a more balanced, rhythmic pacing, while pushing its hissing electronics towards a more caustic frequency range. On the A-Side, Hiver draws rhythmic cues from 90’s house to turn “Vanir” into a trance-inducing sunrise groove.
released July 7, 2017
All material written and produced by Alfredo Mazzilli
Photograph by Warren Mattox
Design + Layout by Nathaniel Young
Njord Remix written and produced by Clay Wilson
Vanir Remix written and produced by Hiver
Mastered by Dietrich Schoenemann