Premiere: A1 – Lele Franza – Black Tunnel [PYRY04]

With some recent downtime on their label output, Pennyroyal Records return with new messages from label head Lele Franza. Having built a solid reputation through their excellent and well subscribed parties in and around Milan the team return with another release. This time presenting in a VA format there is a larger scope to tell the tale of their parties and label boss Lele Franza, Ildec, The Lumens, and Luca Doobie all have their own chapters.

Taking pride of place on A1 is our focus track for today by Lele Franza, “Black Tunnel” straight away stamps a well polished air of authority on proceedings. Upbeat grooves provide the framework from which the undulating synth line can playfully dance across the stripped back landscape. Being able to say so much with so little is a true talent and Franza paints a euphoric picture with just a few elements, but it is the deft arrangement that gives those eyes shut on the dancefloor moments.

Hot on the heels of EP leader is Spanish amigo Ildec and the swaggering “Thanks For Me” and the swing on this one is serious. The constant change up of timing is great and really adds a massive dimension to such a stripped back track. There is also the other driving force in the track and the grinding bassline that winds its way through from start to finish. There may be a short lull in the action but when the trippy vocals are all but left the drop back in is beyond satisfying.

Family member The Lumens is next and he picks up where Franza left off on side A with a slab of peak time action. “Andromeda” is, as the name suggests, it is built for the stars and way beyond. Cultivated especially for the Pennyroyal After Tea parties and countless other gatherings that they have been called upon to soundtrack. Rounding out the fourth release from Pennyroyal is Luca Doobie, and having been an integral part of the setup at Pennyroyal he knows more than most about the sound that is presented by the Milan crew. “One Blood” leans heavily on the spritely bassline that keeps things interesting while the mysterious synth line to work its magic. 

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