ARTIST Jacopo Latini
LABEL Altered Circuits (ALT009)
RELEASE DATE 12/2023
MEDIA FORMAT 12, EP
Altered Circuits’ next release comes by way of Bologna-to-Berlin transplant Jacopo Latini. On the Motherboard EP he combines stubby drums and sultry, efficient basslines with richly hued synth work. Once the cuts get going, a tapestry of melody reveals itself: gated leads are accompanied by burbling arpeggios, momentous chord progressions and bright pads that crawl in and out. The patches often incline to the bright and dreamy but are deployed with restraint; in the same vein, concealed and aloof vocal samples get sprinkled in. These techniques – staples for the artist – add an inscrutable quality to his work’s mood.
It is dance music that feels direct on the surface yet hides more ambiguous emotions underneath. Being a DJ was Latini’s first approach to the electronic genres, and it arguably still is his main inspiration – it even occurs he writes tracks with a specific venue in mind. Since starting over a decade ago, and having meanwhile swapped the local Italian stages for the international ones, he has amassed a ton of analogue gear to help him do so. On this occasion, he plugged in his Roland D-50, Moog Sub 37 and microKorg XL, among other favorites, to take on progressive, trance and tech house. “Motherboard”, “High Voltage”, “It Comes In The Morning”, and “Dual Effect” make for a diverse selection but have indeed the same objective: the club floor.