"If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas."
It's not often we get to write about a release with a George Bernard Shaw quote. Then again, it's not often benevolent, community-spirited beatcrafters like Cioz come along. Driven and inspired by the idea of sharing knowledge, ideas and inspiration, Cioz has founded Knobs Bergamo; a community-based creative hub in Bergamo Italy where artists unite, collaborate, develop ideas, inspire and create. Also a hugely promising new artist with releases on labels such as Einmusika and Subjekt, right now he's developing ideas, inspiring and creating with the one and only Monaberry.
In keeping with his previous pieces and his influences such as Bodzin, Holden, Stimming, Cooper and many more, the whole EP is laced with a restrained yet beautiful theme. 'Arbol' rises and rises with shimmering fluid synths and space aged stream train momentum to the percussion as we're driven to exultant peaks. "Lion" strips back even further for a late night trip into dense cosmic fog while "Good News" draws us back in soulfully with an immaculate feel good hip-slinker that oozes dreamy sentiment yet does so in a really captivating clipped and restrained and subtly detailed way.
Cioz's ultimately positive and evocative label debut concludes on a remarkable remix from Tim Engelhardt. Adding an insatiable afro swing that's reminiscent of DJ Gregory or MAW 15-20 years ago, there's an infectious physical pull on the rhythm that refuses to let you go and complements the spirit and tone of this awesome package.
Watch out for more of Cioz's creative crusades on Monaberry later this year!