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Last time out on International Major Label it was Ruutu Poiss dropping the heavy duty freak-beat, now Giuseppe Leonardi follows up last week's Balearic dancer on Second Circle with a fresh batch of high-grade weird shit. The slow rolling "Maga" squirms out the traps with a lopsided and lowslung bassline, rattling percussion and mournful pads adding to its uneasy atmosphere. Combining Compass Point dub, Latin funk guitar and a driving Balearic beat, the cut keeps the body moving throughout, especially when the spidery guitar licks and skronking sax join the party. The titular "Jack Of All Trades" grasps the baton, continuing the slow and low theme thanks to a moody bassline, pinging rhythm idents and Miami Vice style synth riffs - stake out music if ever I've heard it. Flipping the disc, "Invitro" ushers in an optimistic mood, all disco shuffle, tropical keys and digi dub skank, while "Apona & Ataraxia" is a strung out slice of medicated cosmic, perfect for all the sofa surfers out there.
Patrick says: Trippy heat from Giuseppe Leonardi here on International Major Label, combining the best bits of digidub, slow disco and Jan Hammer's Miami Vice score into four excellent examples of Balearic beat.
A2. Jack Of All Trades
B2. Apona & Ataraxia