Venturing into a fantastical world
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Collected and written by Hannes Rooms
Italian composer and modular synthesizer sorceress Caterina Barbieri has a BA in electroacoustic music and a true minimalist mindset. She approaches music as a process of negotiation between the design of technology and the human imagination while looking for a sort of angelic/devilish tension – a strange coexistence of ecstasy and melancholia. Barbieri mildly deflects her sound palette towards a new direction on the upcoming release Ecstatic Computation. Lead track ‘Fantas’ is a ten-minute heavyweight that feels more contemporary than before and yes, you do want to hear this slow-burning track unfold in a smoke-filled club. An instant classic accompanied by abstruse yet brilliant artwork from Ruben Spini.
Mina celebrates the launch of her label, Earth Kicks, with her own debut album. Appropriately named Flight Paths, it tells a story of travelling the world looking for collabs and interesting local sounds. By respectfully interacting with and supporting talents from abroad such as Bryte from Accra she carefully avoids the appropriation trap. Mina connects the dots between diverse styles in her own distinctive way, fusing sounds from her London hometown with vibrant melodies and infectious rhythms from around the world. While the album still had to drop at the time of writing, the line-up looks promising, featuring LYZZA, Mixpak habitué Epic B, Gafacci, Perreo don Merca Bae and underground favourite dancehall singer 45DiBoss, among others.