The Italian producer, real name Federico Maccherone, presents his first release of 2017 – a solo EP marrying the same ethereal, wide-angle synthesis and intricate drum programming that appears on standout work for Boddika’s Nonplus imprint and the Afterlife label. As ever, Maccherone shows his range – rolling, meditative recordings sit comfortably alongside more overtly dance floor material, with both approaches bound by the same high-end production values listeners and DJ’s alike have come to expect from the Somne project.
In many ways, the EP offers a degree of insight into Maccherone’s dual-identity as a producer of both clinical, dance-floor fare and more cerebral, leftfield work – and in turn, how the artist draws together these two strands of creative endeavour to craft unique and profoundly emotive electronic music. Nods to classic IDM and Ambient sit at the periphery of the recordings, though for the most part the focus is on propulsive, contemporary Techno derivatives – from warping, half-time opener Divided Love, with its crisp, white noise washes and clinical use of distortion – through to Endgame’s exacting, peak-time drive. And whilst the form shifts across the EP from half-time, polyrhythmic work to more direct 4×4 compositions – all remain bound by the same exquisite, otherworldly atmosphere that touches on the grandiose whilst maintaining a gloriously introspective bent.
Balance comes across as a principle theme on the record, both in terms of production aesthetic and track sequencing, but there’s a wonderful contrast between elements – with sounds ringing strong and true throughout. The two versions of lead Metropolis that appear perhaps best illustrate the powerful dichotomy within Maccherone’s work, with the A side version conjuring up a distinctly brooding sentiment – a quintessential example of rolling, contemporary Electronica, whilst the B side’s Alternate Mix offers a more direct, cathartic interpretation – expertly executed for maximum dance floor effectiveness.
Mature and accomplished, Metropolis is a fine addition to the growing Somne discography. The record paints a picture of a producer in full control of his art, deftly working to create a powerful three dimensional space of his own within the genre.
06 October 2017 / Just This
A1. Divided Love
B1. Metropolis (Alternate Mix)
Digital Only: Whirl X