Valentino Kanzyani has been producing spellbinding electronic dance for well over a decade, but its perhaps on PsiAmsterdam that the Slovenian DJ and producer has created some of most his hallucinatory and psychedelic work to date. The sleeve depicts a kaleidoscopic blend of amphibians and mushrooms in splashes of vibrant colour, a fitting visual to the music contained within.
PsiAmsterdam is a subtle and sedate piece, a chugging groove and worming bass, with Valentinos, as ever, reliable beats under pinning an ever evolving synth arp. Splashes of ambience and reverberated sounds bounce off the groove as the 11 minute piece hots up. The sound design is one that evokes shades of the early electronic and ambient classics, such as Future Sound Of London, its haunting synths melting over the beat.
8.Agosto on the flip, continues this theme, with some well thought out ambience and piano work weaving its way around some solid drum work, keeping a timeless appeal by not resorting to current trends or gimmicks, just some sophisticated sounds and detailed arrangements from this unique artist.
A digital only breakbeat remix of Viole(n)t Thoughts completes the package, taking a favorite cut from his last Cadenza Love & Gratitude release and remodeling it to a pacey broken beat, retaining the magic of the melody retained within.
Having released the aforementioned Love & Gratitude trilogy already on Cadenza, and been behind many releases over the years for labels like Primate Recordings, Yoshitoshi, Tronic, Welcome To Masomenos, and his own label Jesus Loved You, Valentino Kanzyani is an artist most definitely creating his own sound on his own terms, and making a big progression on this release for Cadenza.