Artist: Alex Dolby
Label: Affekt Recordings
Cat No: AFKLTD003
Release: 14th April 2016
Italian producer Alex Dolby offers us the third release on the Affect Recordings Label in the form of a three track EP ‘Calypso’.
The original and title track ‘Calypso’ has a striking warm, melodic and upbeat feel.
Arpeggiated synth hits abound, with the rhythm almost taking a back seat and this gives the overall sound a feeling of drive and persistence; this is a very dreamy affair indeed.
Following that, Reboot takes the reigns on remix duties with the wonderfully titled ‘Reboot’s Art Ain’t Nothing But Noodle Soup RMX’. The title feels very appropriate in this minimalistic shapeshifting groover laced with bassy surprises. There is beautiful percussion and subtle melodies in this and I wouldn’t expect anything less from the German maestro.
The third track on the release as the name suggests has an old school vibe. The ‘Riviera 90’s Mix’ has lots of dusty circuit drum hits and a nostalgic, hypnotic hook that reels you in and hurtles you towards the summit with a very heavy and very tasty kick.
Huge respect to Mr Dolby on this one, a solid EP straight out of Italy with two huge remixes keeping Affect Recordings in really good standing and consolidates his status as a real force in the realm of Techno.