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Man Dela / XXXV Gold Fingers / What Ever Not

Dr Rob, Test Pressing, Review, What Ever Not, Dan Mela, Man Dela, Marco Erroi, Gold Fingers, Common Series, Italy, The Ritual, Galegos Bar

For its tenth release Italian label, What Ever Not, has issued a 12 split between WEN co-founder Dan Mela (recording here as Man Dela) and Marco Erroi AKA XXXV Gold Fingers, of Common Series. Marco also hand-drew the artwork, which, with the feel of something on Public Possession, looks like a Stussy flyer for a Knight`s Templar rite. Appropriately then, Man Dela contributes “The Ritual”, a subtly evolving march of Theo-Influenced electronic Soul, of improvised keys and the bottom-end piano from Henrick Schwartz` remix of Switch. Anton Zap transforms the track into Psychedelic Electro, not unlike Michal Turtle`s recently rescued ”Astral Decoy”. Melodies swirling and exploding like soft focus fireworks, while its collapsing, colliding rhythm, to my ears, owes something to Max Dunbar`s ”House Of Woo”. On the flip, XXXV Gold Fingers sneaks in two short field recordings made in London last October: “Portobello” capturing steel pans and conversations, “Africanism” stealing a moment of song and dance. XXXV GF`s track proper, “Galegos”, takes the tribal tone of Common Series` Trantulae, eschews the Acid, but still fixes African tradition and chant in a modern setting. Wolf Muller`s ”Balztanz” meets Fela`s Jazz as the sun rises on Leo and Alfie at Amnesia. King Sunny Ade`s Juju music taken for a Balearic chug. Cosmic synths soar, and it`d go well with Kalab & Hendrix`s “6th Prlll”, although it`s nowhere near as raw.

Dr Rob, Test Pressing, Review, What Ever Not, Dan Mela, Man Dela, Marco Erroi, Gold Fingers, Common Series, Italy, The Ritual, Galegos Bar

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