Novo Line - Racconti

Berlin's veteran mad scientist of discarded MIDI Hi-Tech, Novo Line's Nat Fowler arrives on Protofuture for a special collaboration with Cocktail d'Amore resident DJs Dama (tracks selection) and Trent (mixing/mastering), combining their unique voices in electronic dance music for a choose-your-own-adventure of club transgressions.
"Racconti" – a concept album on cassette recounting those extended stays at our favorite overnight establishments in Berlin, Brescia, and beyond – takes Novo Line's hauntingly disorienting yet danceable polyrhythms and three-dimensional harmonies through ‘Late Night’ (blue side) to ‘Early Morning’ (yellow side), echoing the sounds from within the dark cold walls of an industrial cellar to the outside garden terrace, as the morning's blau stunde makes itself known. Birthed and bred between the three during the COVID-19 lockdown in their lingua franca of Italian, "Racconti" (translated best as "Stories" alluding to those brief life-excerpts compulsively shared on social media) recounts a prototypical night when we commit to entering that club full of friends, temptations, and an open schedule for the next day(s).

Each side of this peculiar bi-colored cassette takes on the persona of a moment in club life: dropping first into the club with "La birretta," the first small beer of the night, confounding and disorienting synth riffs and a slug of brew orient our narrator to the night's vibe; “Sudore" (sweat) gets the album's rave on, as drum and orchestral string hits put the room's bodies into unison; “Il Deca nel Calzino" (10 in the sock) doles out an uncanny valley of automated extended drum solos, colliding into each other like a Max Roach-composed Drum&Bass DJ set. Crossing the blood-brain barrier between the late night and early morning, "Aurora" envelops Led Zepellin's Stairway to Heaven into an adrenaline-inducing chillout track, while the days first sun rays hit faces already wearing sunglasses for hours, and a euphoric highlight of any night out is when you've lost most of your consciousness and become the "Rimastone del Sub," the person with a veritable close-contact, symbiotic relationship with the dancefloor's subwoofer, painted by the album's psychedelic tangent of spastic horns and off-kilter drum crescendos… ask any Brescian for their own interpretation of the rest of the titles and you're sure to relate and get a good laugh.

Combined with the instincts of the ambassadors of dance music Made in Brescia, Novo Line’s “Racconti” will have you flipping between the yellow side and blue side for your own twisted, homebound interpretations of club debaucheries.

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