Riccardo Schirò makes music well-suited to serve as the soundtrack for an astral projection, furnishing labels like Periodica Records and his own Gravity Graffiti imprint with dreamy, evocative arrangements. It’s certainly the handiwork of a producer drawing on some of the most exploratory musical traditions. Now going solo on the latter for the first time in 2018, he prepares to expand on an already adventurous back catalogue with the mini-album, Dunas.
A defining trait of his productions, Schirò’s versatility is on show once again: whether alone or in collaboration – see the debut of his Maledetti project with Lamusa II, from which we premiered the Yoshinori Hayashi remix – no release is quite the same. Where 2016’s Aqua was experienced through the lens of an imagined “aquatic creature” and 2017’s Mediterranea transported listeners to an uncharted Balearic island, the latest offering casts African polyrhythms in an otherworldly tone typical of the Italian producer’s work.
Take B2’s ‘Chiaroscuro Explora’, a track referencing an Italian concept related to the balance of light and dark in a work of art. Arguably the most conventional cut on a release awash with IDM influences, an organic, pillowy groove of dampened bass tone and woody percussion does little to diminish a shadowy mystique hanging thick in the Saharan air.
Dunas is out April 27th on Gravity Graffiti – pre-order the vinyl here.