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iheartau.com: Crimea X EP review

July 1, 2009

Available on iheartau.com here.

Crimea X Phoros

CRIMEA X
PHOROS
HELL YEAH!

Italo disco has enjoyed a renaissance of late via Sally Shapiro, Chromatics and even Little Boots, and here we have an Italian act claiming it back. Crimea X are about more than just straddling the line between dancefloor heaven and disco cheese, though – on debut release Phoros they add a touch of piano house, a little kosmische adventure and send it off into the stratosphere. It’s all very agreeable indeed.

Details of its creators are scant. Crimea X are DJ Rocca and Jukka Reverberi, both alumni of post-rockers Giardina di Miró (or so we are told), but there’s precious little on the three original tracks here to hint at a background in guitar-wrangling. Lead track ‘10pm’ is the pick – it builds from a repetitive synth arpeggio into a euphoric floorfiller, all sexy bass, housey piano stabs and the constant patter of bongos bubbling under the surface. It could quite easily slot into the DFA catalogue between The Juan Maclean and Holy Ghost!.

Second track ‘December’ veers towards Harmonia-style Krautrock, as the tempo slows and washes of luxurious synths dominate until the halfway point, when the atmospheric intro gives way to a languid, just-about-danceable disco groove. ‘October’, meanwhile, is a whooshy, Balearic variation on a theme – more geared towards head-nodding than actual dancing, and as rich in glorious analogue sound as the first two tracks. The release is topped off with a couple of remixes of ‘10pm’ – a so-so deep house version by Enzo Elia & Martin Pantino and a quite sublime, ever-building techno reworking by Austrian producer Florian Meindl. All in all, this is exciting stuff.

8/10

DOWNLOAD: ‘10PM’, ‘10PM (FLORIAN MEINDL REMIX)’
FOR FANS OF: THE JUAN MACLEAN, AEROPLANE, THE FIELD.

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