NOCTURNA – BIG BANG

Artist : Nocturna
Title : Big Bang
Remixes : Hernan Cattaneo & Soundexile, Graziano Raffa
Label : Sudbeat
Cat No : SB052
Release : 16.06.2014
Genre : Progressive/Techno
Review by Ian French

Nocturna is a new project by Andrea Cassino and Danny Lloyd from Tuscany, Italy and the region is synonymous with quality underground house techno.

Dj’s like Francesco Farfa and Alex Neri rose to fame, with clubs like Tenax striving the way forward by delivering quality underground line ups week after week, and this is where Andrea and Danny learnt their craft, and made good friends with these DJ legends.

First up we have “Big Bang” which is an infectious deep layered gem that sits on top of a relentless progressive groove. The percussion develops and synth stabs intersperse with the rising arpeggiator and subtle pads. Your mind is lost inside the chasm of sound before you are gently eased into the sub-bass lined dreamy drop that induces smiles at an instant. Incredible track!

The first of the remixes comes from the faultless Hernan Cattaneo & Soundexile. The talented duo strip the vibe right back with its deep tension creating mood and hints of the melodies subtly infused. This excellent remix firmly proves once again why they are amongst the best on the planet at this sort of thing!

Next up is Sudbeat label boss Graziano Raffa who is a rising name in the underground scene, and who’s recent collaboration with Lonya is causing some damage right now. His remix flows with class from the instant it starts, encapsulating a wealth of harmonics peppered throughout and creating a timeless bubbler that will seriously destroy many a dance floor.

And if they weren’t enough, another original track “Microcosmos” closes the package. It is a sprightly voyage, deep yet uplifting, with chiming and tinkling sounds meeting a big low end and warm pads, laying a smooth blanket of warmth on top to give you that fuzzy feeling inside.

Another superb release on this faultless label. There isn’t much else I can say here really except go and buy a copy, and when you hear this on the dance floor, close your eyes, dance, and forget the world!


Ian French
About the Author

Director and DJ, Ian French (Naif) is passionate about every genre of music from Breakbeat, to Drum & Bass, to Techno and Progressive House. If he was to describe his preferred style of music he would probably describe it simply as electronic music. Besides his love for music and DJing his other passions are fine cuisine, wine, and travel.