DescriptionEarly Support from: Laurent Garnier, Luciano, Chris Carrier, Dj. T, Karotte, Anthony Collins, James What, Butch, Mr.G, Joseph Capriati, Daniel Sanchez, Toni Rios, Cesare vs Disorder, Ambivalent, Fabrizio Maurizi, Mikael Stavöstrand, Todd Bodine, Kabale und Liebe, David Labeij, Mihai Popoviciu, Salvatore Freda and more..
Although Alessio Mereu had released a number of 12 EPs over the preceding years, last summers Tripolarity full-length was what really gained him international recognition. Now hes known far beyond his Mediterranean shores, DJing around Europe and getting signed by veteran labels Cocoon and Poker Flat who have released some of his tracks over the past months. Last month, AMAM issued the Tripolarity Remixes 2x12 package, which brought new perspectives on the acclaimed album, but he hasnt had an EP of original material this year. Now, AMAM is happy to change that with Those Ive Left Behind.Distraught Again is structured on subtly evolving percussion and a swaggery bassline, with drops of acid accentuating the tension. It echoes the kind of tracks produced back from before Mereu was even born, but with the kind of fidelity and precision tailored for contemporary club soundsystems. Guido Schneider (Highgrade Records) puts his own spin on Distraught Again by enhancing the staccato factor, focusing more on rhythmic interplay than the original versions melodic leanings.Elsewhere, Those Ive Left Behind combines jacking beats with long, curving synth lines that evoke a menacing atmosphere, crescendoing into a climax where all the tracks elements get tangled into a hot mess. Finally, as a digital-only bonus, Im the Machine continues the jacking flavor with a defiant, robotic beast that stomps onto the dancefloor. Front to back, Those Ive Left Behind shows Alessio Mereu moving forward with his productions