Title: Full Time EP
Release Date: Out Now
Italian producer Tuccillo has established an enviable discography over the course of his fifteen years plus career. Starting out on legendary Italian 90’s house label UMM, his name has become synonymous with quality deep underground house, releasing on a string of well-established labels such as Get Physical, Freerange and 8-Bit Records. Here he appears on Detroit-based label Visionquest, which has proven an abode for the new wave of Detroit artists and seen underground smashes from the likes of Benoit and Sergio.
Tuccillo kicks off proceedings with the thumping bass groove of ‘Keep It Down’, which chugs along satisfyingly and sees the Italian in similar swing-laden house territory to his previous releases on the likes of 20:20 Vision. The track has a warm organic feel with vintage Rhodes keys and organ stabs jumping sharply in and out of the mix to keep the listener hooked. A decent opener, without breaking any boundaries. One to warm the cockles of even the frostiest dancefloors.
Next up ‘Take DB’ features an even more infectious springy bassline guaranteed to get hips swinging and heads nodding. Some ethereal deep house chords kick in half way through, enriching the track and taking it into more emotive territory. The whole piece sounds like it was recorded somewhere inside a distant echo chamber, with instruments and spoken word snippets soaked in a warm wash of analogue reverb. Out of the three, this one seems to sit most comfortably inside the Vision Quest sound. Deep dark and dubby are the key words here.
The final track ‘Full Time’, perhaps punches the hardest, with a growly saturated bass line backed by some stuttering 8-bit effects which coil neatly around the groove. The swinging hats and shuffling beats keep the whole thing bumping along rather nicely whilst raising the dancefloor pressure as the track progresses. Tuccillo may not be doing anything startlingly original here; this is just solid classic house dusted in some deep, dark atmospherics. However, he sure does imbue his productions with a dose of angular funk and a no lack of musical skill. If groove is in the heart, then Tuccillo is in touch with the most essential emotions.