Mainline Music is pleased to present Asian touring DJ dates for Slovenian techno originator - VALENTINO KANZYANI
Slovenian techno protagonist Valentino Kanzyani shares his underground house vision on his debut release for Cadenza, titled Love & Gratitude EP1. The techno turntablist, who made his name spinning on three decks in Slovenia in the mid-1990s, has always been known as a sound experimentalist.
From techno releases on labels like Tronic and Intec, to deep funky tech house collaborations with the likes of Masomenos, and progressive hits like Flying on Yoshitoshi, Kanzyani is a true beat scientist (and a celebrated one too). As this EP shows, Kanzyani is an astute creator of grooves that have deep percussive roots and an unconventional raw energy. All four tracks on Love & Gratitude have a free spirit – there are no set drum patterns or genres to lock on to. The dance music just flows, magnetically, towards an unknown space of Kanzyani’s design. For instance, the EP’s first track on which he collaborated with Ian F., Old School Romance, is a wriggly, dubby tech house track. It slowly worms its way into your heart and feet with warm Detroit pads, and a fidgety bass groove.
It hints at a possible future explosion of light and energy, but it never quite gets that far. Instead it ducks and dives, hiding in the shadows, choosing to build tension elegantly. El Circulo De La Vida is a magical trip of live electronics. With a percussion section built from an odd assortment of bells, live hand drums, and strange clanging instruments, the rhythm is animated and imperfect. The bass beneath is
equally disjointed and unsystematic: sometimes it rolls sexily, at other times it just murmurs. The track is led by a melancholic church-like organ, which wanders aimlessly and eerily. To compliment it, Kanzyani includes some spoken male Shamanic Spanish vocals which, if heard on a large soundsystem, would sound like the dancefloor was eavesdropping on an important spiritual conversation.
Woodoo Samba (digital bonus) is more beat centric. Relying upon a few simple drum elements, Kanzyani squeezes out an infectious druggy warehouse loop by constantly re-arranging its core patterns. It is almost impossible to guess what’s coming next because the track is forever on the move.
(Preview the EP below)
If you’re not a newbie in the never ending game of beatmatching and scratching, you probably know Valentino
doesn’t really understand the meaning of words limit, border and purism. He is one of the founding fathers of
Slovenian techno, but that never really stops him from throwing one of his gourmet house sets. Or anything in
between that he finds fresh at the time.
Valentino established his label Jesus Loved You in 2005 at the same time as he changed his music style. From big time events and techno stages back to the bellowed underground. Many interviewers popped the question ˝ if he prefers producing or playing˝ and Valentino shows no hesitation with answering this one. He enjoys both, of course but he is first of all a DJ!
In these past years we had the chance to see him evolve musically into one of the most respected underground vinyl DJs. Nevertheless he dedicated the last 2010 months to studio work and production of his first artist album entitled Love & Gratitude which will be released in 2012. The first EP is out in April 2012.