At his most off-kilter, a Marcello Napoletano production sounds like it’s being reflected through a funhouse mirror. A sense of disorientation elicited by lopsided rhythms and dissonant synth work infiltrates much of it, but while this comes at the expense of some functionality, his music rarely lacks the punch or dynamism to move a dancefloor.
The latest record, and arguably his most mutant offering to date, inaugurates party-turned-label Out The Flat (he also links up with Jon K to play their joint party with Gdanse on December 7th). A genre-bending affair, ‘Boe Cunt’s rugged acid doesn’t feel out of place next to the gnarled, mutant funk of ‘Resa’ or percussion-led ‘Steps’, while today’s premiere ramps up the intensity. Deploying funked-out stabs of iridescent synth and rapid-fire drum patterns, ‘Tregua’ showcases how Napoletano can cut through the weirdness with sheer vitality.
OTF001 is out November 30th on Out The Flat – pre-order the vinyl here.