LA based artist David Castellani recently released the ‘Alpha Gamma’ EP, the first release on his new Noetic imprint which features two cuts and a remix from Redshape. Formerly producing under an alias and as part of a duo, Italy born David steps out solo with the launch of the imprint and the first instalment of a series of EPs due for release on the label.
Featuring reworks from Redshape, Matrixxman and Voiski, the EP and its subsequent releases showcase Castellani and his new imprint’s style - techno with a focus on synthesisers and analog hardware.
Opening proceedings and setting the tone of the record is title track ‘Alpha Gamma’, a tension builder complete with rumbling bass, rattling percussion and a deep, weighted acid element. This takes the title as the heavier expedition of the tracks, despite its elements providing balance and light. Minor keys move beneath the main lead line to allow the percussion and synth combinations to take effect.
On remix duties is Berlin based producer Redshape with his rendition. The rework is heavier on percussion and hi hats, and brings kick drums and snares to the soundscape. Dark synths churn out the melody while a bassline provides added weight to the track.
Next up is ‘Alpha Flux’, where a kick drum dominates the opening until flashing detuned synth notes and closed hi hats are introduced. Building momentum and energy, keys cut across the melody and bring with them a hypnotic, swirling flurry of sound, before the familiar kick is pushed to the forefront, ringing home until the end of the track.