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Bringing the listeners from sordid 90’s warehouses to blazing next-millennium cyberpunk sceneries, from drum’n’bass flavours to techno or intricate ambient works; Mattia Trani unveils his new triple LP titled ‘Scenery‘ featuring Canadian producer/singer AADJA, Theo Nasa & Lizard, and 051 Destroyer. The 15-track album is going to be out via Pushmaster Discs on May 28th, 2021 in Vinyl and digital formats.
Mattia Trani is considered one of the most talented young artists of the techno music landscape of recent years. In 2012, by founding his own label Pushmaster Discs, Mattia managed to score important collaborations with artists like Ben Sims, Juan Atkins, DJ Hyperactive, Ilario Alicante, Rolando, Skudge, DJ Stingray and many others. Today his platform represents a small “musical universe” and his work is supported by many American music heroes like Jeff Mills and Robert Hood, but also European artists like Laurent Garnier and Ben Klock, with Amelie Lens and Nina Kraviz as self-proclaimed fans.
Review: The upcoming album is a sonic odyssed, Mattia Trani managed to create one of the greatest techno albums to ever be made. We highly recommend it. 10/10. Full details below.
There has to be a message, if you release an album. There has to be a story”: and “Scenery”, well, tells a hell of a story indeed. It’s been more than four years now since Mattia Trani’s monumental debut as of the LP format. “The Hi-Tech Mission”, released by his very own Pushmaster Discs, granted him huge respect from the whole techno scene worldwide: an elaborate and heartfelt homage to Detroit and a blazing display of talent, vision, awareness. Now it was time to explore even broader. “Sure, there’s Detroit, as I’ll always love that kind of techno and it was pivotal to my debut LP joint. But in ‘Scenery’ there’s also loads of 90’ s UK stuff, be it breakbeat, drum’n’bass or whatever; and sure there’s a bit of the historic Hardgroove releases, way back at the beginning of the millennium”.
The statement is bold. Is gigantic. Triple album. Fifteen tracks. A reduced bunch of guests: Theo Nasa & Lizard in the spoken, chilled and slightly sinister drum’n’bass trip “Videogame”, talented producer/singer Aadja in the hypnotic acid banger “Senso Critico” and well, if you want you can count even 051 Destroyer in “Inner Hardships”, but those familiar with Trani’s output know that this is just his highly-energetic-electro moniker (“…yeah, I’m weird enough that I do collaborate with myself, from time to time”, he laughs). But first and most of all, “Scenery” is an amazing, grandiose and complex display of narrative architected by Mattia Trani himself. Scenarios intersect. Landscapes morph, mutate. And it’s mental – as it would have been said and written in the acidic years (“If you ask me, musically you may sum up my main influences in three things: techno, acid, drum’n’bass”, tells Mattia).
With a sonic journey that mercilessly travels back and forth in time, bringing the listeners from sordid 90’s warehouses to blazing next-millennium cyberpunk sceneries, from drum’n’bass flavours to hard techno weapons or intricate ambient works, Mattia Trani managed to create one of the greatest techno (“techno” in its broader, more noble and visionary sense) albums you’ll ever be likely to hear. Let the music speak. Let the emotions draw sceneries. Let love and knowledge hit your heart, your mind, your ears. – Words by Damir Ivic