Rotate’s first release as a vinyl imprint comes as a collective sonic statement of seven chapters. With tracks from all the music crafters of the family, Rotate starts the year with steady momentum, in a collection of different-yet-unified sound that combines wit, fresh attitude and unique musical signatures.
Makcim & Levi Verspeek cut the ribbon with peculiar focus on groove, and a sizzling atmosphere to match. Their ‘Chickens Night Out’ (A1) works as a cradle for slowly building albeit steady dancefloor motions, without ever forgetting the balance that the use of intertwined warm tones can actually create. Mattia Lapucci grabs the gears of the (already moving) train and keeps it rotating with ‘External’ (A2), adding tips and bits of steady beat programming, joyful chords and filtered, unspoken vocals to a galactic sonic cauldron.
Gua Camole kicks the flip-side with ‘Drop Out’ (B1), a 4 by 4 excursion to a land of hypnotic rhythms, eerie synth pads and unrecognizable vocal samples that ultimately feed a atmosphere of already great mystery and idiosyncratic acid patterns. ‘Tournikottipannacotta’ (B2) is David Gluck’s take on drum-machine experimentalism and full-toned low-ends in full effect, reminiscent of the early 00’s signature micro-house movement where microscopic sample-cutting and shuffled hi-hats were all the rage.
Cleymoore’s ‘Endless Rotation’ (C1) is a 15-minute journey through startling soundscapes, sweltering synths and his endemic, hand-shifted drum arrangements. Dialogues from a obscure french cult movie ebb and flow throughout the entire arrangement along with Photonz’s pulsating synths, ultimately setting a hypnotic, provocative tone to the second record.
Loopdeville opens the last side of the compilation with ‘Humo’ (D1), a pulsating, almost cardiac low-end arrangement of kicks and bass stabs that rumble beneath a palette of warm chords and shamanic, humming vocals for pure mental thrill. Andrea Cichecki’s ‘Tethys’ (D2) finishes Rotate’s seven-part story with a fine exercise on sonic delirium and total loss of equanimity. Between the warm, yet slightly lunatic tone of her modular system melodies and soundscapes, there’s a discerning attitude and sharp poise in her drum arrangements, as if making people dance while lost in time and space would be possible. And it is, they keep rotating.