Luciano Presents...

“Contemporary 0 . 1 & Cadenza Classics”

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Cat. No.CADCD02
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Review

The first CD, mixed by Luciano, digs its fingers into the label’s six most recent records—plus Luciano’s own “Tonerres,” from the lone Cadenza Split Composition release so far—and teases out a single thread, which it rolls lovingly between its fingertips. The mix could have taken any number of different directions; Cadenza’s last seven or eight releases, not to mention its entire 22- record run, offer a multitude of offbeats and accents that might serve as the stepping stones across the label’s history. Luciano’s mix takes the snakiest path possible, beginning with the blippy, aquamarine-colored house of Argenis Brito and Digitaline before taking a detour through Petre Inspirescu’s sideshow psychedelia. When things get a little noir he opens the slats on Andomat 3000 & Jan’s clattery Venetian blinds, making way for Rhadoo’s percussive, mid-day reverie, all swirling dust motes and forgotten clocks ticking in the distance. Alejandro Vivanco brings a momentary wake-up call with his rubbery bass wallop, and then irreality descends again courtesy Luciano and Pikaya, delivering two of the deepest, most gravity-free tracks in Cadenza’s catalogue. CD two highlights Cadenza’s early years with a selection of classics culled from the label’s first six releases, all of them appearing for the first time on unmixed CD. Luciano & Quenum lead off with the rightfully anthemic “Orange Mistake,” and Luciano & Pier Bucci follow up with the liquid Latin ripple of “Amael.” Quenum & Lee Van Dowski’s “Extension” is as kinetic as anything the label’s ever done, a hall of mirrors and circuit boards, while Luciano & Serafin’s “Funk Excursion” goes straight for the gut—no need to bring your own funk, it’s here in plentiful supply. Nsi.’s “Max Binski” remains at the frontier of Cadenza’s outer limits: channeling free-jazz piano into an anxious, bass-heavy groove, it’s one of electronic music’s strongest tracks of the last halfdecade, and its arrival on CD is cause enough to welcome this release

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XLR8R Mag (USA): “Berlin continues to deliver the finest in contemporary minimalism, and at the hands of Luciano, only the ripest releases are picked. This compilation arrives as the label’s first CD installation, containing a collection of previously released and unreleased Cadenza hits, in a standalone and a mixed form. Luciano’s mix starts things along the quirkier tip with the sounds of his own “Tonerres” track, and moves on to the liquid-fused house sound of Argenis Brito and Digitaline. Building the crescendo, Rhadoo and Petre Inspirescu build up the percussion while displaying frame after frame of diverse psychedelic stutter edits. With full versions of some of the classic releases from Pier Bucci, Quenum and Lee Van Dowski, this release is a real treat for any true techno purist. Praxis”

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