Stefano Greppi - Technologies In House Music - Vinyl Sampler One
Label: Screen Recordings
Catalog#: Screen 013B
Format: Vinyl, 12"
Released: 14 Aug 2006
Style: Progressive House
Condition - VG++ with a few small scuffs on one side, M- Case
A Ad Finem - Angel (Stefano Greppi Remix)
B1 Stefano Greppi - Electro Pop (Ambient Mix)
B2 DAF - Your Heart (Stefano Greppi Remix)
The incredibly talented Stefano Greppi has put together one of the best artist albums in a long time. The Italian DJ and producer Greppi has played throughout Europe but he was probably first introduced to most worldwide with two singles a few years back, 'Freedom Is…' and 'Electro-Pop'. 'Electro-Pop' in particular- a quirky progressive meld of heavy beats and chiseled samples- received extensive attention, including on releases by Sander Kleinenberg, Anthony Pappa, Marcus James, and others.
His debut album 'Technologies in House Music' on Screen Recordings spreads his substantial production talent over 10 tracks of constantly moving, ever surprising house. Stefano Greppi writes weighted music; it feels heavy, dripping with a palpable intensity and underlying emotion. This is furthered by his aptitude as an unholy Dr. Moreau of music, taking natural and synthesized sounds and distorting, slicing, and dicing them into unrecognizable scraps that help create his signature style.
'Technologies in House Music' begins with 'Living in a Video' featuring guest Niconote, an intro track that immediately showcases Greppi's dark mood and affinity for samples. A deep vocal preface discusses the tripped out finer points in life - "the night, mushrooms, light, delight" - before a bouncy synth and tweaked industrial sounds move it forward.
Track 2, Greppi's remix of Ad Finem's 'Angel', is an incredibly deep expression. The beautiful wraith voice lamenting "on wings of angels to protect me" and the deep rolled bass provide a touching sentiment but sliding melodies and vocal chunks that are chopped up and dropped into a glass jar give this a unique feel and mystique. Used early in a set especially, it has a world of potential.
The disc continues with some of Greppi's remixes. The Italian does some nice rearrange of Polekat's twisted homage to ABBA's 'Dancing Queen' uttering "I'll play your game but only until I get what I want…You know what I mean?" Then a very progressive reedit of DAF's 'Your Heart' with its siren vocals and rumbling low frequencies should rattle your chest cavity if you play it with some bass. All before a tribal, not completely dub remix of 'The Mask' by Against The Grain. The beat in 'The Mask' remains fairly stagnant but wit slight changes it adds to the track's nervous anticipation and build. A parade of new layers seamlessly appear and disappear (including its underlying pads and drones, distinct and surprising vocals, and what sounds like a cat's meow).