The release from the Milanese-born musician explores the relationships between his Italian roots and those made since his relocation to London, and charts the depths of winding and non-linear dance rhythms, demonstrating Big Hands’ fervour for creating non-standard music that directly connects the mind to dancing limbs.
Four kinetic cuts make up ‘Ossario‘, each featuring a harmonious blend of light touches, soulful electronics, and powerful gear for the investigative DJ. B-side starter ‘Oscillation‘ strikes as an immediate highlight, working mind-altering polyrhythms into a mixable grid — complex enough to be distant from typical dancefloor material, but compatible enough for the discerning selector to place it at home in a set.
Subtle evolution is as much a key ingredient here as the clattering drums and coarse, soaring melodies: a gradual contortion reshapes the percussion throughout the ever-evolving track as it ascends and falls through the runtime, bearing the track up to comparison with the percussive explorations of Nkisi, Don’t DJ, and Bambounou. Big Hands may only have a few solo releases under his belt, but his output shows a quality and consideration missing from far more established producers.
‘Ossario’ is scheduled for release 26 April via Blank Mind. Order a copy from Bandcamp.
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