The Click Off EP
Andrea Oliva
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One of Switzerland's finest artists Andrea Oliva steps up to take the reigns for Cadenza's latest output The Click Off EP. Having released his music on a plethora of labels over the last five years, Andrea Oliva portrays a fiercely rhythmic electronic vibe, always with firm percussive flow and riddled with detail.

Having joined Cadenza's set of renowned producers last summer with the tribal inspired Beats To Beats EP on sister label Cadenza Lab, 2012 sees Andrea back on Cadenza once again. Kicking off the 12 and digital expedition is Piano Piano; a soundscape that quivers between rumbling tech house and attentive melancholy. Hooked by its thumped piano keys that bellow within the swelling echo of a headstrong kick drum, a somewhat dark atmosphere sets the tone. But as gentle shakers lift from the distance and sweeping rushes quicken pace, Piano Piano begins to transform into a mesmerizing tech house track. Led by the pianos sombre mood and challenged by rapid percussion, a deep and lazy vocal chant becomes an instrument all of its own to once again, alter the mood. Reaching an intense, syncopated breakdown at the half way point, Piano Piano jolts and re-awakens; pulling us back into the groove.

B side Click Off couldn't be further from its predecessor in style. Warm, round and drum led, we are instantly taken into the wriggling depths of a percussion hot pot. Pushed by an underlying moan of double chord stabs, Click Off is a chugging floor mover with innate essence.

Joining Click Off on the flip is Jungle Dub, its trembling bassline living up to the track's title. Reeking of the underground with crisp snare drums cutting the air and playing partner to the bass, this nods directly to a long lost era of dark, dub fuelled rave. Hypnotic via its looped structure and counterbalanced with a drawn out and reverbed melody, Jungle Dub satisfies both stomping bodies and wandering minds.

Techno truly comes alive with The Click Off's final track, the digital bonus Ronda. Focused around its heavy kick drum, minimal glitches and cutting drum machines; Ronda is not for the faint hearted. Fast paced and hard as nails, the complex beats of this good old fashioned techno affair need no distraction as their warped structure and gritty appeal close the EP with a strong statement.

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