Strange Days Vol. 1 Strange Days Vol. 1

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Lory D Strange Days Vol. 1 Lory D Strange Days Vol. 1Strange Days Vol. 1

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Lory D  Strange Days Vol. 1 NUMBERS (NMBRS13)

After years of ostracism, forgotten by the new techno generations, Lory D reappeared in 2007 with a fistful of 12”s on Wireblock, one of the labels that would later form part of the hardcore of the Numbers family. There, the Italian was spitting out furious acid sounds and showed his mastery in hardcore techno. For the readers of the fine print in the history of European electronic music, Lory D is myth, almost of the stature of Joey Beltram and Aphex Twin. For those who don’t know him (whether it be from his old releases on Adenacrome, Sounds Never Seen or his failed attempt with major label RCA), his music should be an epiphany, a revelation, like finding the Virgin Mary in an olive yard in Lourdes.

Now, good old Lorenzo D’Angelo is back (again), and he hasn’t lost anything of his old shape, he’s still kicking backside with the same fierceness as when he was spearheading the Italian rave scene alongside D’Argangelo and Leo Anibaldi. On the two cuts he delivers to Numbers, the start of a series that could be a long one, we hear the Lory D of cutting drums, circular beats that spread like a plague and the splashes of venomous acid house. “Acidronix” is pure Belgian hardcore, between early CJ Bolland and rough sequences reminiscent of Chimo Bayo (or Reese & Santonio, if someone is offended), and “Acid Prastix” has a more jacking beat, more in the vein of Djax-Up-Beats. Granted, Lory D is still stuck in a sound and era of almost 20 years ago. But the sound of that time, visionary in its day, is proving to be alive and very much feeling like kicking. They may well have already put in an order for Volume 2.

Javier Blánquez

“Acidtronix”

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