Last year when we had an in-depth chat with him, we captured a bit of a milestone for Swiss artist Giorgio Maulini, culminated in the release of his debut EP on Pleasure Zone Limited. Momentum has been gradually building for the Venezuelan native, who initially made something of a name for himself spreading Latin love from the heights of Caprices festival at Crans-Montana.
Ski instructor by day, label owner by night, Maulini has championed his own events and label series alongside his own productions. This consistent progression accelerates further with the announcement of a double 12”, forming his first album ‘Purpose To The Culture’ on his own label MAU.
The LP features ten tracks spanning across several flavours, centred of course around electronic music. This introspective look into his musical mind has already been supported by hugely influential artists in the scene. Ricardo Villalobos, Sonja Moonear, Luciano and Archie Hamilton are all behind the man’s work.
We’ve taken ‘All Our Souls’ for the premiere, which closes out the A side nicely after a delicate opening with ‘Amazonas’. Purposeful bassline brings a slick melody, boasting a swinging groove that bops between bars. The layers are evident, from moments of subtly squelching acid to the more obvious melody that dances across the top.
Synths bring deep warmness in the form of euphoric chords that glide from the track’s peak. This one warms up the record as well as it might warm up the crowd on a dance floor. The echoing vocal references the dangers of growing up too quickly. One would think this might resonate with the discerning club-goer, a welcome topic for getting lost in the groove.
‘Purpose To The Culture’ is a well-rounded LP that goes a long way to reflect the musical identity of the artist. An artist who has risen from strength to strength of late.