Italy's Massimo Di Lena had an explosive debut on Cadenza at the tail end of 2009 with the four track EP 'Gypsytown'.
Since then the Neapolitan artist has been active in the studio releasing cuts on labels such as Claque Musique, Oslo, Cynosure, and his own imprint Early Sounds, which he runs with Rio Padice and Leskin.
His style is not easy to pinpoint. Whilst his Cadenza EP featured a mixture of dirty Chicago grooves (Raw Track), low-slung percussion (9991 Highway), and synth-driven melodies (Gypsytown), he is also a big fan of classic techno and house - in 2010 he remixed G-Man's notorious 1999 loop techno hit 'Quo Vardis', and he is also known for sampling old house records under his Horatio project, which he runs with Rio Padice.
You can hear some of those themes on Massi Di Lena's Cadenza Source To Cycle podcast. His Cycle mix is primarily driven by synthesizers, that are sometimes electronic and foreboding, at other times they are subtle and melodic. There's a wealth of influences in his mix, including some standout classic house vocal moments, as well as some bubbly techno beats, and one or two dirty thumping kick-bass combos. There's a hefty amount of Chicago rhythms in his mix too, but the nod to the past is always balanced out by a healthy dose of modern digital production trickery.
Cuts by Moodymann, Anthony Shake Shakir, N.Y. House'n Authority and Theo Parrish contrast quite wonderfully with basement friendly jams from Bass Clef and Fcl VS Vfb, and acid Warp madness from Africa Hitech. There's a certain high brow alternative electronic feel to his set.
Massi's Source mix is enlightening too, with its journey through downtempo, soulful pop, funk, and euphoric electronica. His mix includes cuts from Modeselektor, A Tribe Called Quest, Mr Scruff, Prefuse, Fatima, J Dilla and Liquid Liquid.
Lone - Dragon Blue Eyes
Moodymann - Nites 2 Nowhere
Massimo Di Lena - Chiara Remix
Vakula - Arrakis
Recloose - Crosstown
Rio Padice - Untitled
N.Y. House Authority - Apt 2a
Fcl VS Vfb - Love Prescrption
Bass Clef - Suddenly Alone Together
Anthony Shake Shakir - Anthony Shake Shakir meets BBC
Marcelus Pittman - Untitled
Africa Hitech - How Does It Make You Feel
Massimo Di Lena - Untitled
Jorge Zamacona - Untitled
Boddika & Joy O - Dun Dun
3 Chairs - Babo
LCD Soundsystem - 45:33 (Theo Parrish Remix)
Urban Tribe - Daytime t.v.
Burnt Friedmann & The Nu Dub Players - Designer Groove
Janet Jackson - Got Till Its Gone (Ummah Remix)
Kerrier District - Wide Vice
Onra - Moving
Tufo - Poppin' In Da Hood
Jose James - Save Your Love For Me
Mndsgn - PorcelainPeople
Union - Mystery Pt. 1
Prefuse - Uprock
Dorian Concept - The Fucking Formula
Mr Scruff - UG
Mr Scruff - Hold On
Dego - What Ever (Instrumental)
A Tribe Called Quest - Jazz (We've Got)
Fatima - Mind
J Dilla - Won't Do
Fulgeance - Sour Socca
Tullio De Piscopo - Coagulation
Liquid Liquid - Cavern
Moonstarr - Interplanetary Thoughts In Flight
Four Tet - Calamin
Modeselektor - Shipwreck (Ft. Thom Yorke)
Tufo - Leadlights