Citing IDM, electro and post punk as musical influences, Italian producer Vincenzo Pizzi’s sound is invigorating, heavy, and hectic all at once. After studying Electronic Music Production at the Nut Academy in Naples and obtaining a degree in Sound Design at The European Institute of Design, Pizzi’s skills have been carefully polished and refined.
His latest project, Affrettati Lentamente, attests to his many years of experience. It cleverly merges industrial techno and modern techno with the more grungy elements of body music. 2808 opens the album with a straightforward baseline littered with repetitive, distorted vocals and a teasing flare of acid. Thick 808s and reverberated crashes dominate the whole first section of the project, which feels like the invasion of a frenzied swarm of locusts. Tracks like Misericordia, Ljuwa, and Vërnata gradually build in intensity until they completely engulf all senses of auditory space. Pizzi has said in the past that he takes inspiration from Boys Noize, which can definitely be heard in the aggressive, fully-saturated synth patterns on Blow and Pay. The middle section of the album is more stripped-down, yet innovative nonetheless. Altrove, for instance, is a completely transformative experience starting with light plucking sounds which are gradually elongated, leading to an unexpectedly melodic conclusion. The last few tracks on the project are more experimental in sound. Confused and Festina Lente combine fast, intricate drum-and-bass snares and breaks with steady 808 patterns, while the last track, Quandohote, sounds like a retro EBM space journey to the moon. A bonus remix of Quandohote by Pushmaster Disc label head Mattia Trani is also included at the end, mixing rapid snares and high-hats with soothing ambient tones.
Taken as a whole, Affrettati Lentamente is a bold venture into high-intensity club atmospheres. The dense, loud, demanding sounds of this project will surely wake up any sleepy raver and provide an extra burst of energy for those early morning dance floor moments.
Affrettati Lentamente will be released February 28th on Pizzi’s own label, Pyteca.