Rino Cerrone - Rilis Remixes vol.3

Of the main techno protagonists in Italy, Rino Cerrone is perhaps the least well known. But in fact he has been one of the main inspirations for well-known Italian stars like Marco Carola and Danilo Vigorito. Cerrone began his love affair with techno music in 1990 and in the time that past became heavily influenced by the percussive nature of seminal releases from Jeff Mills' Purpose Maker series.

This sound was heavily represented in the early output of his Rilis imprint, a sound that has now lost favour with the majority of dancefloors and record collectors. Rather wisely Rino embarked on a remix schedule that re-visited old Rilis material, bringing it up to date for a new audience.

The first side of Vol. 3 is occupied by Italian techno stalwart Marco Carola. Carola's production output has been slow recently so fans waiting for the next in his Domino series will be happy to get hold of this release. Like with past Domino tracks, Carola mixes up funky bass led rhythms together with minimal percussion and unique riff arrangements. The overall groove expands and contracts throughout – punctuated at every junction but quirky experimentations. Marco Carola's remix is perfect for layering with other records, and deep enough to play alongside house as well as being just tough enough to sit alongside techno. Once again, another interesting and original showcase from Italy's finest.

Holland's Secret Cinema take over on the flip. Jeroen Verheij's interpretation of 'Rilis 9' slows the tempo and introduces jacking minimal techno drum arrangements. Although the track does little to impose itself beyond more than a couple of listens, it does manage to recreate the intensity of Cerrone's original Rilis releases. And this could well mean that given the right dark environment in could prove pretty useful too.

Intec artist Leandro Gamez finishes the B-side. Again modern glitch techniques are favoured to the loops of the original 'Rilis Spl 1.5'. A sub level Kompakt style melody drives the track alongside the type of fast paced minimal percussion pioneered by Adam Beyer and his 'A Walking Contradiction'. These components sound ok but they are far from original and the track suffers as a result. As an artist Gamez is guilty of imitating other styles. At Intec he tried his hand at retro styled techno first tested by the likes of Oxia and Bryan Zentz, and now he seems to be emulating the fast paced minimal grooves of Adam Beyer. Only time will tell if he can find his own sound.

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August 27, 2006 at 4:58 PM CEST


Paul Pritchard

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