"FEAR NOT, HUMANS" reads the runout on Massimo Di Lena's slightly delayed release, providing four off-kilter techno cuts on the label he runs with some friends from Naples, Early Sounds Recordings. Massimo has had a series of top release on labels such as Clone Royal Oak, receiving support from the likes of Midland and Ben UFO.
'Hardlife' bubbles with oddly pitched vocals and filtered gritty percussion. It's the unquantised mercy-esque bassline that drives the track though. 'Halfway Ritmo' follows a similarly shaky format with ghostly undercurrents. Following the chugging rhythms on 'Insnty', personal favourite 'Fireflora' features distorted toms and flurries of hats with the signature oddball vocal excerpts.
Hardlife EP - Massimo Di Lena [Early Sounds]
Buy the 12" at Juno.