Skip Audio Records launches its vinyl-only imprint next week with an all-star cast of acclaimed artists from the world of underground minimal. The Barcelona-based outfit has clearly put some thought into this one, enlisting productions from Giuliano Lomonte, Fabrizio Maurizi, Vincent Casanova, and Viceversa.
As a V.A, this one has Trommel written all over it. All four producers have featured on our pages in one way or another. One of our most recent premieres of Giuliano Lomonte was in fact a remix of Viceversa last year.
There’s a good reason why we have our favourites. Mainly, because the music never falters. Lomonte is one of those artists who has honed in on his style. That deep bending groove that many of his productions are centered around is instantly recognisable.
‘Versatile’ follows the same formula. The bassline purrs delicately, with a gentle swing that provides enough space to float on the dancefloor. Soft organs pave the way for a trickling melody of higher-pitched synths that flicker while a mechanical percussion gives it the backbone.
It’s easy to get lost in this dreamy medley of elements. The hypnotic vocal shines over the breakdown, warmed by a soothing echo that rides the relaxing yet playful vibe offered throughout.
Fellow Italian Viceversa joins Lomonte on the A-side with ‘Eye’s Cat’, matching the vibes of positivity. The melodies define this one, along with the crackling synth line that dominates underneath.
Fabrizio Maurizi’s ‘Peace of Mind’ over on side B offers something deeper and darker. An ever-rolling beat laced with low slung groove makes for a serious builder, next to Vincent Casanova’s ‘Cypress Chill’ delivering a warmer, bubbling energy.