Naples-based Vinz Exe (AKA Vincenzo Gargiulo) delivers ‘Frammenti’ a sublime five track E.P. on the Systolic imprint, strengthening the producer’s rich discography, including past releases on Planet Rhythm (Seven) and Circular Limited (Quantica)
‘Ametista’ kicks off the E.P. with hypnotic dubby kicks, complemented by sweeping synths and tight high-hats, further enhanced by acid-like wobbles, introduced at the tracks mid-point. ‘Diorite’ contrasts well against the heavier tracks within the E.P. with Gargiulo seemingly focusing more on the mid and hi sections of the production. Lighter ‘padded’ kicks form the backbone of the track and at three minutes in, a ringing syncopated high hat gives it some dancefloor oomph.
A slight digression is seen in ‘Opal’ and ‘Opal pt.2’, where 4×4 sections are replaced with ambient soundscapes. The former is atmospheric, with break beat kicks and delay-ridden snares being introduced at different interludes – in my opinion, perfect for starting a set. The latter is led by dreamy synths and transversely, would be perfect to close the night.
To round things off, ‘Quartz’ sets a ‘head down’ tone, with rave like sirens ushered in gradually against a backdrop of driving tribal loops. A host of different elements are layered up, with extra energy again, coming in the form of syncopated highs at the tracks mid-point. A real peak time treat.
Gargiulo states he prefers playing live and this approach is present throughout all five tracks, with the producer carefully layering a multitude of electronic elements to create rich compositions. As a vinyl obsessive, I only wish the release was available in 12” format.