Valentino Kanzyani has been producing spellbinding electronic dance for well over a decade, but it’s perhaps on ‘PsiAmsterdam’ that the Slovenian DJ and producer has created some of most his hallucinatory and psychedelic work to date. The sleeve depicts a kaleidoscopic blend of amphibians and mushrooms in splashes of vibrant colour, a fitting visual to the music contained within.
‘PsiAmsterdam’ is a subtle and sedate piece, a chugging groove and worming bass, with Valentino’s, as ever, reliable beats under pinning an ever evolving synth arp. Splashes of ambience and reverberated sounds bounce off the groove as the 11 minute piece hots up. The sound design is one that evokes shades of the early electronic and ambient classics, such as Future Sound Of London, its haunting synths melting over the beat. ‘8.Agosto’ on the flip, continues this theme, with some well thought out ambience and piano work weaving its way around some solid drum work, keeping a timeless appeal by not resorting to current trends or gimmicks, just some sophisticated sounds and detailed arrangements from this unique artist.
A digital only ‘breakbeat’ remix of ‘Viole(n)t Thoughts’ completes the package, taking a favorite cut from his last Cadenza ‘Love & Gratitude’ release and remodeling it to a pacey broken beat, retaining the magic of the melody retained within. Having released the aforementioned ‘Love & Gratitude’ trilogy already on Cadenza, and been behind many releases over the years for labels like Primate Recordings, Yoshitoshi, Tronic, Welcome To Masomenos, and his own label Jesus Loved You, Valentino Kanzyani is an artist most definitely creating his own sound on his own terms, and making a big progression on this release for Cadenza.