Gianni Callipari is the Swiss born DJ and producer who has been bubbling under for some time now, crafting his skills, both in the studio and in the clubs, for the past few years. A crucial member of the Nordstern team (the hi-spec and highly popular 600 capacity nightclub in Basel, Switzerland), Gianni has played alongside a who’s who of DJ talent, from Carl Cox to Seth Troxler, Dixon to Jamie Jones, and of course with Luciano, the Cadenza ambassador.
It is this relationship with Luciano that brings Gianni to Cadenza, not just as an artist, but now also as a DJ (now on the Aether Artists roster alongside many Cadenza stable mates). The ‘Modular’ EP is technically Gianni’s debut release (save for a track included on Nic Fanciulli’s Balance 021 mix compilation in 2012).
And it’s a confident and assured debut release on Cadenza. Title track ‘Modular’ is steady in pace, and hypnotically uplifting in melody, without ever resorting to clichés. Subtle touches to the hi-hats and percussive patterns keep the deep groove locked in whilst the synth work wraps around your head and doesn’t shift. A track already road tested many times this year already, we know this cut has the power to lose a few minds whilst
keeping the feet firmly moving.
‘Girls On Acid’ is less heady, going for a playful loose beat and choppy vocals. Subtle synth sweeps pick up the energy throughout on this simple, yet effective, percussive club cut. Wrapping up the release is ‘Boogie Curls’, a skanking and bass shaking track that builds nicely, again without ever over cooking the elements, a great mood piece to sign off with.