For Dingbat Records, 2016 is all about digging into the vaults and dusting off our dusty hard drives, rediscovering those strange little electronic gems with impossibly flawed origins that we just kept around for their unique beauty. Ergo, Dingbat Records is thrilled to debut a collection of emotive tracks from dj/producer/remixer, Ian Bortolotti because, well . . .
Ian Bortolotti is old. He has kids, a minivan, closets full of various waistlines, and milk crates full of classic dubs. He talks a lot about DX patches and loves tangents about 'the good ol days.' He remembers gay bars, record pools, zines, and speed garage. He remembers when the Sound Factory became Twilo, when the Capital Ballroom became Nation, and when Heaven became a McDonald's. He's still inspired by FSOL, Junior, and 'all those Chicago guys.' He prefers the House DJs who 'take you on a journey,' and he makes fantastic prog rock with his brother too. Ian is also a real Dingbat, and he's really become a great in-house remixer for the label. The Emotional Gravity EP is the first collection of original music by Ian Bortolotti to be released on Dingbat Records.
Emotional Gravity is rather heavy for an EP; it contains a full musical excursion depicted in triptych form, or maybe it's a soundtrack from some three-act psychodrama set at a rave in outer space. Basically—if you're basic—it's three tracks, but three stylistically distinct tracks that function as expressive movements when presented together in this format, and all three demonstrate Ian's expansive, genre-bending sensibility as a dance music dj and producer.
The EP lifts off with 'Pull It' (a.k.a. the six-minute massive everyone wants in their life). Seriously, it's a piano-rave in your pocket. Quirky acid noodles, deep FM bass, and a piano hammered from heaven build to the breakdown that will have everyone playing air piano and giving back rubs.
Next, 'Switching Faces' provides the funky astral grooves and rhythmic machine sounds that lovers of both big room breaks and tech funk can appreciate. It's the kind of two-tone electronica that allows a house dj to switch it up a bit and program some awe-inspiring sets.
The EP concludes with 'Wanting the Lie', a strange little progressive track that makes a big splash into the deep end. Cymbals crash and auditory hallucinations ensue with wood nymph voices and mythical cor anglais sounds. Yes, as with the rest of the EP, Ian Bortolotti has created a wonderfully unique soundscape in 'Wanting the Lie' with layers of digital weirdness floating above some bouncy bass notes.