Artist: Ilario Alicante
Title: Figures & Echoes EP
Cat. #: DC183
Format: Digital / Vinyl
Release date: 18 December, 2017
Ilario Alicante – Virgo’s Echoes – DCR183
Ilario Alicante – Third Eye – DCR183
Ilario Alicante – Figure of RA – DCR183
Ilario Alicante – The Acid Runner – DCR183
Ilario Alicante – Atonal – DCR183
Ilario Alicante – Leave Me – DCR183
Following on from his debut EP on Drumcode earlier this year, Ilario Alicante returns with a generous 6-tracker.
For the past few years Ilario Alicante has enjoyed something of an unintentional Ibiza kinship with Adam Beyer. When the Swede played his special annual sets on the Amnesia Terrace for Cocoon, for three years out of four, the Italian has been right there playing alongside him, ensuring his talents were on the radar of the Drumcode chief.
Ilario made his first appearance on the label in 2016 with the stirring ‘Temporary’ featuring on A-Sides Vol.4, before securing his first full-length release with the ‘Awakened’ EP that dropped earlier this year. ‘Figures & Echoes’ deepens his contribution to the label with half a dozen powerful cuts.
‘Virgo’s Echoes’ opens the EP, a persistent synth line combining effectively with lush layers of melody to create an atmospheric introduction to the work. ‘Third Eye’ delivers an exhilarating dose of rave thanks to the hypnotizing riff that runs throughout. ‘Figure of RA’ combines a rousing vocal loop, pulsating beats and an effective melodic interlude to fantastic effect. ‘Acid Runner’ is true to its name, with echoing vocal effects that lead to a piercing 303-line that hits with peak-time power. ‘Atonal’ is a late-night burner, as mesmerizing pads rub shoulders with sparse percussion to create a beautiful seven-minute piece. The package concludes with the pumping ‘Leave Me’, with its funky deep bass stabs, ensuring the EP maintains its energetic vibe from start to finish.