There's no shortage of heat emanating from the Neapolitan scene right now, and Periodica's latest must have masterpiece comes from the expanded mind of E. Fierro, otherwise known as Space Garage and Mystic Jungle Tribe member Milord. Switching up the format for spectacular 7" to luxurious LP, the Italian keeps the palate reassuringly spacey, tripping us out with library-style synthesis, twisted space echo and killer funk arte facts. Ambient opener "Mnemonic Induction" chimes wonderfully with the retro-futurist sleeve art, bringing to mind Superman's Fortress of Solitude or that trippy crystalline bit in Bill & Ted. "Onironauta" introduces rhythm in the most syrupy cosmic style, serving up spaced out slow mo complete with churning sequencers and tasty FX. We take another plunge into the symphonic and synthetic with the soundscaping of "Sub-aquatic level" before "Virus Of Time" takes us on a subtle glide through sparkling circuitry and dub delay. Flipping the disc, we're instantly unhinged by the library-styled techno of "The Glass Maze", scattershot electro of "Third Layer" and deliriously disorienting synth squelch of "Static Rain". All that remains is for "False Awake" to fling us through an interdimensional portal of sleek sequencing, proggy tones and tripped out FX and we're entirely enlightened by another amazing Periodica release.
Neapolitan groove experts Periodica proffer another absolute peach here, this time from the dexterous fingers and electronic arsenal of Whodamanny. Where previous Periodica 7"s have pursued the lethargic and stoned side of the library funk universe, Whodamanny's jam jaunts along with mid tempo energy, snapping snares and plenty of disco sizzle. Obviously the library stylings remain, found here in spaced out synth riffs, electronic approximations of violin and the kind of vibe that would suit a softcore nightclub scene, but the higher tempo offers a nice bit of dance floor thrust. As is often with these discs, the "Dub" steals the show for me, extended groove outs and added tape echo / spring reverb making for a proper hypno jam.
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Oof! This month's edition of Periodica provides mid-tempo dance floor thrust and noodley library disco action, with the obligatory and excellent dub mix on the flip.
After the loose and languid dub funk of Space Garage started our year off with a bang, Periodica return with more riches here, this time courtesy of Mystic Jungle. After an obligatory Italian library synth intro, the LP kicks into cruising tempo with the space-age synth funk of "Night Of Cheetah". Rich with synth noodles, space echo and linn drums, this up tempo stomper soon gives way to the mid tempo stake-out sleaze of "Mumbo Jumbo" and the slow jamming vibraphone of "Blue Marlin Club". "El Sueño De La Culebra" brings the batshit with its strange industrial rhythms and minimalist melody, setting the scene perfectly for the Sexual Harassment electro stylings of "Creepy Movements". Another interlude and we're back in business, strutting our stuff to the uptempo disco squelch of "Psychic Voodoo" before spacing out completely with dream-dance winner "That Black Magic". We're up again for the sci-fi snap of "Glitter Games" before the gorgeous melodies and dubby fx of "Endless Road" see us home in Paradise Garage stylee.
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Everything I hear from Periodica / Early Sounds / Mystic Jungle is absolutely slaying it at the moment, and this is every bit as good as the rest of it. Pulling in bits from boogie, electro-funk and space disco and wigging them well-out there, this is gonna spin any dance floor out.
Dim the lights, take the phone off the hook and prepare to get seriously wavy as Periodica provide another fringe funk treat. A joint effort between label boss Mystic Jungle and frequent collaborator Rico Milford, this trippy treat sees the duo capture the sticky heat of the Neapolitan summertime and slather it liberally over a 7″ disc. Making extensive use of a space echo, these two tracks form a study in stoned funk from behind the Black Ark console. Mangled electronics, live bass and lo-fi hiss sit beneath the occasional squeal of fuzzy guitar as we feel the frazzled force of a true cosmic cooler.
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Sounding something like Peaking Lights and Lee Perry dubbing a lost Will Powers cover of "Macho City", this limited 7" from Space Garage is another prime example of Mystic Jungle's unique take on stoned sonics.
EP opener "O Ok" sees slinky-style synth tones descend a shifting staircase of reverb-drenched percussion into a misty fug of fourth world idents. "Sam Sung" lets a little light into the opiated fug, exploring concentric rhythms, naive melodies and toy-box wheezes before "Pineal Hand" simmers with percussive clanks, meandering guitar and burping fx. Flipping the pancake, "Pilates" sees Piyojo playing the weirdshit with a straight bat, if not a straight back, tightening the groove into a healthy 4/4 then floating along with some fake flute. "Sleepover" bounces along with bleeps, bells and bumps, like an overmedicated Badarou banger until "6.66" calls time on the whole trippy affair with a little extra terrestrial communication.
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Periodica continue to push boundaries and buttons with this wonderfully weird release from Piyojo.
The presumably Italian Riccardo Schiro delivers a scintillating debut here for Early Sounds offshoot Periodica, with the digital dreamscape of "Aqua". Patching into an array of naive electronics, Riccardo offers a seven track exploration of submarine worlds, catching sounds from the seabed and experiencing life as an aquatic creature. Less Drexyican deepness, more James Pond Megadrive meltdown, "Aqua" gives us the kind of Casiotone Balearic we're used to hearing from Andras Fox, Ruf Dug and A Vision Of Panorama enhanced with extra ocean floor funk. "Thru High Tides" opens proceedings with a hint of subaquatic synth-noir (think Sharky & George) before the clav heavy, foot stomping funk of "Sulfuric Seaweed" bubbles up around our ears. Next up "Neptunian Population 59.654" pays respects to Sun Ra via jazzy hi hats and off kilter melodies, offering a moment's respite before the whirlpool funk of "Aquatic Logic" has us shaking our tailfins in a frenzy. B-side opener "Abyssian" moves out the speakers like a futuristic cephalopod, squelching and burping loose clav notes with an indifferent flatulence, seamlessly segueing into the 12/8 swing of the wobbling "Yoondi". Leaving the deep "Thru Low Tides" we emerge into the beachfront shallows beneath a pinpricked blanket of starlit sky.
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Ocean floor funk with maximum Mega Drive vibes. LIYL James Pond or the idea of Drexciya taking turns on Echo The Dolphin.
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