Mauro Picotto and Riccardo Ferri are probably familiar names to anyone who’s been listening to dance music for a while. Picotto was best known for his unique trance sound in the late 90’s, as well as being a prolific remixer, often teaming up with Ferri under their Megamind alias. While their trance days are long gone, the duo who put Italian dance music on the map have long since turned their attentions to techno, and it’s something they do just as well.
Their latest track Bengala is techno at its finest–dark, moody, deep, with a hint of house thrown in. It’s minimal, but it does what minimal techno should always intend to do–set up a groove, keep it constant, keep it simple but also keep it interesting. There’s a simple bass riff going on, but it modulates and takes on an almost acid house form at times. It’s straight from a 303 and is exactly what drives techno to remain such a constant presence in dance music. This is a track that is designed for a club and you can almost hear the sound reflecting back off condensation covered walls, massively over-sized speaker stacks and a crowd looking for something a bit more underground.
Bengala is out now and is testament to how this Italian duo have remained at the top of their game after so long.