Fabio Florido signs to Plus8 for his latest release, Multiverse EP. The Waveform Transmitter’s Ste Knight takes a listen to four atmospheric tracks.
For his latest outing, Fabio Florido takes to Plus 8 – the seminal label founded by Richie Hawtin and John Aquaviva. His Multiverse EP is a classic example of the techno-leaning side of progressive house; that is, it is dark and brooding, with a driving percussive element running throughout, while dropping in melodic elements to give the tracks those nuances that prog is famous for. The Italian producer has pulled together three atmospheric tracks for this EP, with the fourth and final track on the record being a remix by Matador.
The first thing to say about the productions on the record is that they are all club ready tracks. It is easy to see the likes of Tales of Us, Bonobo, or Âme segueing any of the four compositions into their DJ sets for one of those ‘eyes closed, head swaying’ moments before the breakdowns and builds pull arms skywards in invocation – beautiful stuff. This theme runs across all four tracks, including the remix. Fabio has produced a selection of emotive tracks here and they sit perfectly within the current sound that is being championed by the likes of Stephan Bodzin or Marc Romboy.
We open the EP with the title track, Multiverse, which features thick, booming kicks drums – a trope that continues throughout the collection. The padwork too remains a constant across the EP, and represents a swirling sonic miasma that engulfs the listener, drawing us into each track and holding us for the duration. It is a skill to evoke melancholy and euphoria simultaneously but, as mentioned, these tracks are bristling with energy and pull the audience in both directions, creating the kind of explosive conflicts of emotion that work perfectly on the dance-floor.
The Long Fall follows suit, with robust, swelling basslines and pads folding into each other hypnotically. The final of the three original productions, Omniverse, is perhaps the most stirring of the three tracks, providing a peak time, heads-down-fists-pumping soundtrack that will see waves of rapture spread throughout any captive crowd.
Matador‘s interpretation of Multiverse drenches the original in atmospherics, with ambient flourishes complementing the intensity of the bassline and synth work. Overall, this is a strong release by Florido and a shrewd signing by Plus8. Tension and release are combined to excite the listener, and to great effect. You can grab a copy of the release here.