• andrea belfi Ore (red vinyl LP, £16.50)

    This album by Andrea Belfi is mixed by Francesco Donadello and mastered by Nils Frahm. Andrea Belfi (born 1979) is an internationally respected electro-acoustic musician and composer. He began playing drums at the age of 14. He studied art in Milan, before becoming involved in experimental music and since 2002 he's been in collaboration with a wide range of artists, currently residing in Berlin, Germany. Titled "Ore", the album places the drums as its centrepiece, while textures are embellished and mutated through electronic manipulations and dark, eerie sonic details. Over the years Belfi has built a sound-world that artfully combines a modest drum set-up with an equally concise electronics component. He has searched long to produce and refine the acoustic timbres of his music, but has now reached a certain point of fulfilment, courtesy of his Saari drum-kit from Finland. Melded seamlessly with the acoustic elements is a Nord modular and sampler. On "Ore", Belfi attains a masterful synthesis of these two sonic realms. Belfi has gained a reputation for his energetic and charismatic performances, both as a solo musician and within numerous collaborations. 2016 saw him tour with Nonkeen, the German three-piece band headed by Nils Frahm. Belfi became an instant highlight following a sold-out gig at Londonís Barbican Centre, lighting the stage with an impressive and explosive drum solo that became one of the most memorable moments from the evening. "When I started the record I really wanted to find something very direct. I was looking for something very raw, something sonically and acoustically complex. The title "Ore" actually was suggested by my wife. I had to look up the meaning and loved the concept Ė something raw that you can extract, and the refinement into a precious material. It's a very simple metaphor but there's a lot there, you can just put that word out and you donít have to explain too much. You give an input to the listener, and just leave it to the imagination." "Ore" is released on the UK record label Float which was founded by Sofia Ilyas, who was previously the label manager at Erased Tapes Records. The new label exists parallel to Float PR, the London based agency dedicated to the promotion of unique artists and projects, and Andrea Belfi is the first signing. "An inspired and beautifully realised exploration" - Wire Magazine. "Electronic swirls that blur the edges" - Electronic Sound Magazine. "Thrilling and on-edge right from the off." - The Line Of Best Fit. TRACKLISTING: Side One A1. Anticline A2. Iso A3. Lead / Side Two B1. Ton B2. Syncline

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