Artist: Vincenzo Sarti, Alessio Pennati
Title: People from another world
Release Date: 04 March 2022
Supported by Above & Beyond, Agoria, Armin van Buuren, Dubfire, John Digweed, Joris Voorn, Markus Schulz, Paul Van Dyk, Pete Tong, Solomun, ao.
Presenting their second release of the year, Astral Records welcomes Vincenzo Sarti and Alessio Pennati to the label for their debut EP. Based in Italy, Vincenzo and Alessio have enjoyed success in their respective solo careers. The duo's combined discography is highlighted by releases via Awen Records, Three Hands Records, Uxoa Dutxa Elite and Wout Records. With a penchant for contemporary techno and astral sonics, Vincenzo and Alessio now make their Astral Records debut, presenting their first collaborative project entitled 'People From Another World'.
Beginning with the title selection, Vincenzo and Alessio craft a deep and cosmic progressive techno hybrid. Anchored by a punchy groove, shapeshifting atmospheres and sizzling rhythms, it's mysterious yet inviting from the outset. Evolving with a veteran's flair, astral effects and striking sonics create a compelling narrative leading into the main break. Scintillating arps and ominous overlays highlight the centrepiece, adding a prophetic vibe, while tastefully tense modulation and a wave of drums initiate a cavernous drop and rumbling finale.
The second selection 'Hypnotized' follows and finds Vincenzo collaborating with vocalist Donix. It's pulsating groove, striking percussion and hopeful sensibility set the stage for a vocal narrative to emerge leading into the break. Opening up further, the interlude adds depth as full phrasing and blustery sonics spearhead a charged drop and trance-inducing final act.
With the final selection 'Ayoreo' Vincenzo continues to explore darker narratives across a devilish seven-minute journey. A tough, machine gun style groove sits at the foundation, while fluid rhythms and astral artifacts fill in the framework. Both energetic and mysterious, it's flair for the dramatic grows as swirling effects lead to an expansive break. Spanning well over a minute in length, the storyboard then shifts with wavy arps, ghostly vocals and dystopian swells providing a sense of cosmic reflection, before getting washed away into a sea of pulsating grooves and striking effects. It caps off an inspired EP from Vincenzo Sarti and Alessio Pennati, making for a brilliant Astral Records debut for the Italian duo