Nuel – Untitled (Aquaplano ltd 01) – 7/10

Five untitled tracks on a limited and stickered white-label release. A1 is an animal with teeth of steel: hammering minimal loops remind of earlier Sähkö and Sleeparchive and sweeping acid lines fly all over the place. It’s a hypnotic and massive start but the rest of the EP is easier to digest. Ambient enters the game on A2 where beatless and calm sound textures prevail and I can imagine seagulls nosediving at a secluded beach.

Alarmingly, B1 kicks off as another irrelevant minimal house track, with occasional noises and clicks, but then darker bass appears to improve the situation. B2 gives synth drums and plays with EQ that is complemented by dreamy soundscapes and humble strings. Can’t avoid the feeling of old school trance, like Age of Love and Harthouse stuff. B3 is a brief random-sounding collage of electronica, indie, acid and other sound fragments.

Although the first track promises a sinister trip, at the end of the day we see that the predator is a dreamer. Nuel, an Italian from Rimini, has produced an old-new trance record with a deeper edge. And I have to mention that heavy stylus was needed to avoid jumps in a few parts of this vinyl.

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