Artist : Gabriel Carasco
Title: Out For The Afternoon EP
Cat. #: AMAMRLX-002
Format: 12″ Vinyl / Digital
Release Date: 9 October 2012
X1. “The Hang”
Earlier this year, AMAM Records revealed a subtle addition in its catalog numbering system, the “RLX” suffix, to designate its releases that are more, well, subtle! The “relax” series now continues with its second release courtesy of Roman DJ/producer Gabriele Carasco. Whereas our main label focuses on straightforward house grooves, we now get to take a detour into breakbeats and jazz-informed melodic elements.
Beginning with the quasi-title-track “Afternoon”, Carasco offers some somber piano-based lifeforms that slowly evolve over a morse-code pattern of clicks and cuts, not far removed from the Jan Jelinek approach. “Augmenter” goes simultaneously in opposite directions, with a more vibrant, freeform rhythmic shuffle – complete with a Kraftwerkian “tschak” accent – juxtaposed by some faint, Eno-informed ambience blowing in the wind.
On the flip, “Outer” probably comes closest to the traditional AMAM house sound, achieving hypnosis through repetition, but of course more gentle and caressing rather than slamming bass in your face. Finally, “The Hang” closes out the EP with a pulsing arrangement of steel drum sounds that could be described as tribal techno tailored especially for yoga class.
While Gabriele Carasco conceived all the tracks on Out for the Afternoon as standalone musical pieces rather than mere DJ tools, they do all fit within the 120 bpm range, meaning if your DJ set needs a classy intro or outro, then relax, because we’ve got it covered.