The next Chapter brings Berlin-based Daniele Di Martino to the fore with a typically robust and direct offering in the form of the “Transformer” EP. The MONO.NOISE label head follows up recent releases on Get Physical, Katermukke and Bar 25 with a set of three heavy hitters that showcase his clinical style and very effectively straddle the more melodic end of the worlds of house and techno.
Title track “Transformer” delivers chunky beats, afro swagger and hooky call and response synths that make for a memorable and lasting impression and beg repeat plays. Meanwhile “Something” follows this up with a crescendo of eerie top lines and unsettling atmospheres that give way to a pulsing, undulating techno groove. Both tracks are a masterclass in the use of dancefloor tension. The package is rounded off by a collaboration with fellow Berliner Robin Schellenberg. “Gerudi” has a slightly techier flavour anchored around a repeating synth, all set off by a devastating squelchy bass and a soaring break. These powerful stories in sound are bound to be recounted again and again this summer.
trndmsk: What inspired you to produce the EP?
Daniele Di Martino: I took my inspiration from a mix of some Afro House and Melodic Techno tracks which I’ve played a lot in my dj sets over the last year.
Where did you record it? And how?
At the Riverside Studios here in Berlin, where I run my own room together with Robin Schellenberg who is also on EP with a collaboration on track number three. How? Drum machine, analog synths and some plugins all recorded through Ableton.
How did you get in contact with the record label?
First through email and than I had some calls with the label head to get to know each other better.
What’s up next after the release?
End of August I have an EP on Berlin imprint URSL.
Are you working on any other projects?
Yes, currently finishing my last EP for this year which will get also release by end of year hopefully.