Modular synthesist & Producer David Castellani drops “Solaris EP” on his new label Noetic, featuring two original tracks and a remix from French virtuoso Voiski.
LA based by way of his hometown Italy, David Castellani is quickly establishing his place in today’s techno scene. “Solaris EP” is the next instalment from David’s newly launched Noetic imprint, following “Alpha Gamma EP” in July which picked up support from the likes of Truncate, Tobi Neumann & BEC. With productions driven by analog hardware and rooted in the sound of peak-time rollers, “Solaris EP” further showcases the skills and style of Castellani, with a producer at the forefront of French techno on remix duties, Voiski.
Launching the EP is title track “Solaris”, an intensive builder with heavy pads that gradually amplify, justifying its place as the explosive record opener. A progressive acid hook overlaps and intertwines within itself, with generous helpings of reverb and delay that give the melody a hypnotic element. A slightly reserved kick drum builds with the track and results in a vigorous roller, while still maintaining a determined and furious energy.
Next up, “Solaris” gets the remix treatment from Frenchman Voiski. His rendition manipulates the original into a heavier, more dubbed out version. With endlessly deep kick drums and a more percussive lead, the remix is a less obvious DJ tool in classic Voiski fashion, retaining some key elements from the original. The sharp, venomous bite from the acid line becomes sunken and more robust. A flurry of cymbals and hi-hats cut through the baseline before being dragged back into submission. The 303 dances with a celestial synth line, bringing light to a base heavy rework.
“Induction Coil” is armed with a hypnotic, pulsating kick and light, airy percussion. Running at breakneck speed, this cut is a stark contrast to the two previous tracks, but a welcomed jump in tempo. Rapid cymbals crash, flying from ear to ear creating a racing, hectic atmosphere. Acid twinged elements are introduced before intensifying and dominating the track. At the final breakdown the acid line is pushed to the forefront, commanding attention, before submerging back under the insistent kick.