After solid debuts last year on Periodica Records and the launch of his imprint Gravity Graffiti, we’re confident 2017 will be just as prolific for Italian producer Riccardo Schirò. In addition to a split release by Yoshinori Hayashi and DB.Source, and Lamusa II’s debut LP, it is now the boss’s turn to take things in hand with the mini-album ‘Mediterranea‘.
If Schirò’s debut LP ‘Aqua‘ plunged the listener deep down underwater realms with jazzy disco blends and soothing leftfield variations, his upcoming release evokes postcard views from Mediterranean landscapes, complete with azure water and wild beaches. Definitely more dancefloor-oriented than its predecessor, this new album is a spicy montage of balearic melodies and atmospheres stitched together through a fusion-like flow.
Our pick, the opening track ‘Cashmere Complex‘ softly intertwines ligneous synthesizers – recalling the sound of watery streams clashing – whilst plucked strings and a padded trumpet take over the refrain. Reverb has an ever-present role here, imparting the track with a four-dimensional feeling, enhanced by cascading sounds of a paradisiac foreshore, crying seagulls and squishy cymbals. Splash!
Mediterranea is scheduled for release via Gravity Graffiti early March 2017. Order your copy from Juno.
A1. Cashmere Complex
A3. Gibraltar Silhouette
B1. El Bahira
B2. Viva Voce
B3. Onde Radio