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IELASI, GIUSEPPE - (another) Stunt

Format: 12
Label & Cat.Number: Schoolmap 6 Taiga Records 6
Release Year: 2009
Note: lim. 500 / pressed on 200gr vinyl
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €13.50

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"Ganz andere Töne als bei Aix (-> 12k) schlägt Ielasi an, wenn er bei (another) Stunt mit Schallplatten wirbelt. Seine Sampling- und Scratchingtechnik ist dabei nicht um Virtuosität bemüht. Eher wird das Stottern und Haspeln als schöne Kunst geübt, das Hinken als neuer Tanz. Der Mailänder lässt Gesangsfloskeln repetieren, Harfe flirren und Koto plonken und bringt den Beat auf den knackenden Punkt Punkt Punkt. Danach flippern gehupte und geklopfte Impulse im Stereoraum hin und her, Gitarren plinken und twangen, mit Hawaiigeschmack und ohne, es furzelt und piepst, schnarrt und knackst. Dann wieder klöppeln und rappeln Beats umeinander wie spielende Mäuse. Die Vinyloberfläche und das Drehmoment zaubern in
der Reibung die urigen Protogrooves einer verspielten Housemusik für Geröllheimer.." [Bad Alchemy]

" (another) Stunt is the second part of a trilogy started in 2008 with the 'Stunt' EP on Schoolmap: the series is based on the use of one turntable and a large selection of vinyl records as sources for raw material, and pulses-rhythm as main organisational principle. The focus on the physical gesture of playing the records - fully recognisable after the editing and the assemblage - is probably more related to the kind of 'turntablism' familiar to hip-hop musicians, than to other plunderphonic-related sampling technique. Aesthetically, the Stunt project has been welcomed as a departure from the style of music Giuseppe Ielasi has been previously identified with: the strong emphasis of rhythmic pulses, the balance between repetition and variation, and the overall organization of the raw material could bring to mind a personal interpretation of skeletal deep house as well as asymmetrical cold funk. (another) Stunt was mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. Full color cover photo by Italian artist Amedeo Martegani. Vinyl EP (6 tracks, 22 minutes), pressed on 200g vinyl, edition of 500 copies (100 of them, only available from the label's websites, are pressed on orange vinyl). Co-released by Schoolmap Records (Europe) and Taiga Records (US)." [label info]

"Recently, when reviewing Ielasi's 'Aix' CD (see Vital Weekly 662), I wondered when we would see the second release in the 'Stunt' trilogy, and here it is. The first release, and subsequently 'Aix' see Ielasi moving into a new direction, that of working with snippets of vinyl, which he meticulously puts together as pieces of music is a great thing. '(Another) Stunt' is the second release as said, and its a great follow up to the two previous releases. More cut 'n paste music, including some elements from the world of scratching, all put together in a highly rhythmical way, with Ielasi never letting the song structure out of sight. An endless amount of small sounds, lifted from vinyl has been put through great use There is a built up per track, breaks are thought of and everything is kept to the point. I can't imagine this filling the dance floors though, but it makes at least my head nod. Refined again." [Vital Weekly]