Italian siblings Mathame do the do for Fur Coat's label
Italian brothers Amedeo and Matteo Giovanelli, AKA Mathame, release their first EP on Fur Coat’s exciting new Oddity Records label. There are five tracks in total, but which you actually get will depend on whether you buy it on vinyl or digital, as some are exclusive to one format or the other. The genre is melodic techno and I'm told the EP was inspired by the clear, clean stars above Mount Etna in southern Italy.
First up is the original mix of Starburst, which kicks off with a galloping percussion loop that's added to with hi-hats and a throbbing bassline, then synth stabs and more percussion as the track develops. Next up is the Locked Groove Remix of the same track. Here we have a tougher groove altogether, with a relentless kick and crisp percussion leading the way, but then in the mid-section of the track it mellows out with a long segment that's full of warmth and emotion, and transports you away to a different headspace all together.
This is followed by the original mix of Striker, a vinyl-only track that again starts with a tough percussive intro which gives way to another beguiling musical passage that is full of warmth and beauty. Next up is the Cassegrain Remix of Striker, which is included on both formats and is a frenetic track with a galloping feel, electro sounds and a tougher edge. Finally you have Stalker, which is only included on the digital release, a brooding track with ethereal sci-fi synths.
All in all, this is a great release which is only let down by the exclusivity of some of the tracks to certain formats. But don't let that put you off - this is a release that's definitely well worth checking out.
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 16 March
Review Score: 8