Ilario Liburni has been putting out wax on Invade Records for the best part of a decade. The Belgian label often showcases the founders’ own works alongside a support package of high-class remixes. Respected veterans the likes of Rhadoo, Thomas Melchior, and Sascha Dive have all had their input. Although the latest release might be the most exciting yet. Offering rare but welcome additions to our pages, an original collaboration between Andre Galluzzi & Daniel Stefanik.
This isn’t the first time the two German artists have paired up. Long since a part of Sven Vath’s mighty Cocoon crew, Galluzzi and Stefanik are well versed in the driving sounds of deep, minimal tech-house. As long-established members of the outfit, together they have shared compilation sleeves and stages alike. To have the duo heading up Invade’s latest release is a masterstroke.
The Blue Fern EP comes with three well-primed originals from which we’ve taken ‘Zona Fantasia’ for the premiere. It’s the most stripped back of the bunch, led by a punishing low-slung bassline that accompanies an everlasting layer of quick-fire jabs. Eerie atmosphere comes from a misty, unrecognisable chorus, shrouded in a build of shimmering synths that dabble between warmth and mystery. At the breakdown, this morphs into a vibration, built to shake the very foundations of a dark club room.
The title track on side A is the truest to character and artist admirers will hear trademark flavour in ‘Blue Fern’. Deep punching bassline laced with progression drives the rhythm while percussive mechanics flitter between bars. A recurrent vocal murmurs sweetly over gliding synths, building into a techno piece full of feeling. Back over on the B, ‘Datura’ brings with it a more playful side, a mischievous roller packed with swing and bursting with groove.