This And That Lab is a label run by Davide Squillace which has featured music from established artists such as Butch, Yousef, Matthias Tanzmann, Nicone, Mathias Kaden, and Anja Schneider.
Along with releasing some of electronic music’s best known names, it also champions fresh talent such as Althoff who is the man behind the label's latest EP.
Althoff is a Brazilian artist who is quickly becoming a core member of the This And That Lab family, now making his third appearance on the label in the space of only a few months. Previously he has contributed a solo track to a various artist compilation, followed by a remix of Matteo Spedicati, and now he is back for his first solo EP on the label.
In April of 2018 when Althoff first featured on This And That Lab it was only the third track he had ever officially released. Since then he has not only made other releases on Davide Squillace's label, but also featured music on Rancido Music, Plano B, Appetite, and MoonShake Records.
Fast proving himself as a hotly tipped talent with a bright future ahead of him, this is another example of the deep and melodic style of house he is becoming known for.
The first of four tracks, “Uluwatu” opens with ambient textures layered over tom drums and tribal percussion. The story telling structure unfolds with unexpected twists and turns such as a glockenspiel style melody that adds to the mysterious atmosphere of this captivating cut.
“Lost Paradise” is second on the EP and keeping the mystic vibe alive, it’s got an ethereal atmosphere rich in percussion and uplifting melody. With a tripped out vocal that sounds like distant chants and an arpeggiated bassline, it’s got dance floor qualities that are sure to make it a crowd pleasing favourite.
Things get deeper as we get into the poignant melody and street carnival style percussion of “San Pedro”, which is a fusion of contrasting elements not usually mixed, but like a sweet and savoury treat the unusual blend of flavours in this quirky track work exceptionally well.
Finishing the EP is “Mount Olympus” which has a grinding bassline and epic pads with dramatic melody. Brought to life with snare rolls and a charismatic array of other percussion sounds, its warm and eloquent sound is the perfect way to round off this stunning release.