Why do we love electronic music and the artists that create it? Because they refuse to stagnate. Whether it be a new concept for a show or a vastly different sound, they are true innovators. Circoloco mainstay Davide Squillace is of the same ilk, recently launching a fusion of music, art, and culture that he’s dubbed This And That Lab. The This And That label debut is Manifesto, a three-track EP of Squillace originals that defines the producer’s artistic vision, with a tagline that reads “drawing music: playing art.”
When I heard Pieces Of You in a Dubfire set not too long ago, my jaw dropped to the floor. That vicious rumble down low, the grating mid-bass, those driving toms and claps. Eerie whispers and hyped up scratches add to the thrills, creating a killer soundscape that is genre-defying, to say the least. Do Somebody, a collaboration with vocalist Alex Nazar, utilizes that signature Squillace bounce to full effect. It’s no wonder he’s absolutely brilliant to see live; the grooves are simple yet infectious, full of pure and unadulterated fun. Davide gets a bit darker with Morning Smile, haunting breaths gliding along a relentless techno beat. Manifesto is quite a way to start a cultural project, one that surely cannot be missed.