Dozzy, Neel and a couple esteemed friends coax us out of hibernation.
Undisputed maestros of Italian deep techno and ambience, Dozzy and Neel naturally keep some esteemed company. The record opens with the legendary Atom™'s first appearance on the label. A steward over one of the most intricate and varied discographies in electronic music, Uwe Schmidt looks back on '90s downtempo and IDM projects like Second Nature and Softcore for "Metacycle." The expansive, lumbering track folds in bells, deep sub-bass and what sounds like scraping metal into an 80 BPM rhythm that could score footage of a grizzly emerging out into a landscape of melting snow.
Grand River and Neel, meanwhile, experiment with mostly beatless arpeggio tracks. The former's "Horizontal" looks back on the epic neo-kosmische style of her debut album, Pineapple, released on Spazio in 2018. Neel's "Lullaby" splits the difference between dub and meditative ambient, with arpeggios and delayed snare dripping like stalactites. On "MQF Outro," Donato Dozzy integrates many of the ideas heard earlier on Primavera into an early-in-the-night techno track, as if what came before was meant to ease us onto the dance floor.
This close-knit group of artists take different paths and collectively portray the maelstrom of emotions present this season—hopefulness, trepidation, a paradoxical disconnection and desire for communal healing. But most of all, Primavera sounds like a Spazio Disponibile record.