Review: Semi mysterious crew Italojohnson return for a seventh round of limited vinyl only action and it's hard not to get immediately caught up in the tough Kenny Dope style DJ tool of the A Side hugger. There's just something about the drums that come kicking in that grabs your attention amidst the current deluge of cookie cutter deepness, and the eventual drop into the bassline is sublime. Switch down to 33 on the flip and the first of two more untitled cuts is equally unabashed in its intentions as a DJ tool, pairing crisp hi hats with thick bass drums and fidgeting stabs whilst the second cut begins in a swampier place and highlights Italojohnson's capacity to tease out a vocal sample.
Review: The Italojohnson project remains an anonymous operation despite recently being unveiled online as the work of three individuals - which only adds an element of subterfuge to their chosen collective name. A sixth transmission arrives sporting three more untitled and diverse appropriations of the classic house template with the A Side a humongous slice of main room functionalism that shamelessly flaunts its hands in the air capabilities towards the end. The flips brings some surprises to the table with a Window Licker-esque Miami Bass workout complemented by rasping update on Dance Mania sweat-outs. Regardless of whether you agree with their militant format views or approach to anonymity, Italojohnson are undeniably masters of their craft.
Review: The hand-stamped train just keeps on trucking with Italojohnson, who offers up another three righteous slabs of hardware goodness for the fist-shakers out there. "Track 1" spreads itself over the A side with a tight and punchy rhythm section that gets off set by a gloriously bubbling set of sound effects, managing to be both utterly useful and pleasantly unhinged in the same bar. On the flip side "Track 2" moves with a more neatly trimmed old-skool jack, sleek and refined without sounding over-polished. "Track 3" slows things down for a dirty ride through slimy basslines and heavy cowbell abuse.
Review: Ever a tease with their releases, Italojohnson makes his first appearance in a year with this three tracker, as ever appearing on their own self-titled imprint. There is always a pleasing consistency to the Italojohnson sound, where neatly shaped drum machine pressure meets with playful synth tones to make for some forthright party-starting material. On this occasion, "Track 1" brings the light and airy vibes with swooning strings sitting comfortably over a steady house groove, while "Track 2" delves into a more edgy construction complete with nasty bass and distorted vocal snippets. "Track 3" edges into more electro-inspired territory with its cheeky synth lines and wobbly low end trickery, but it's no less built for the floor.
Review: The ever mysterious Italojohnson returns with a third EP of untitled studio jams, with a distinctly Musiq Box flavour to the three tracks here. Readily admitting to wearing his influences on his figurative sleeve - you kind of imagine Johnson to rock the vest look - the A Side hogger delights in particular, a bottom heavy track filled with raw yet crisp layers of percussion and drum machine fills with a vocal "Fantasize Me" sample that begins deep in the mix before rising to prominence. On the flip, the pressurised industrial locked groove of the opening track is soon overcome by a brilliantly twisting acid melody whilst the final track impresses the most with a vintage yet menacing electro pose; all crisp 808 kicks, thudding bass hits and hushed vocoderisms the prelude to some excellently tinny synth patterns.
Review: Italojohnson has clearly decided that less is more, having limited their output to one self-released 12" a year since 2013. Volume 10 in the mysterious threesome's self-titled series predictably contains more twisted, tried-and-tested material. The untitled A-side sounds like a modern update of a breakbeat-boasting Frankie Bones classic, with hectic bursts of percussion, surging sub and a classic riff taking it in turns to impress. There's more of an acid house feel to the similarly untitled flipside workout, with booming, mangled vocal snippets and sharp electronic stabs riding a thunderous groove, '80s electro hits and a classic Chicago bassline. There's little subtle about either track, but they sound like guaranteed floorfillers.
Review: Enigmatic Berlin collective Italojohnson are still going strong, with this throwback to their 2012 underground classic "05A1" getting a couple of mad percussive reworks by some of their favourite producers. First up is former Panorama Bar resident and Kwench label boss Cassy, who serves up the deep down and dirty bounce of her rework, followed by Parisian enfant terrible Bambounou who adds his signature touch to the mix - this is one serious techno banger that's made to play!