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Fire in the hole! Luca Agnellis Etruria Beat hits its 40th release and its a truly historic affair with two very top remixers: Slam and Truncate! Now seven years deep into the labels innovative techno trip. Etruria has made nurturing exciting new Italian talent one of its key signatures.
Bastinov, Dast, Reform, Kaiser, Diego Amura and Toms Due are just some of the progressive creators Etruria have supported over the last two years alone. But for this release it’s down to the label bossman himself… And he’s made sure it’s a deeply Etruscan affair. Released in the wake of his mass-scene-supported ‘Metamorphosis’ EP and building on a body of work that boasts tastemaker labels such as Soma, Drumcode and Planet Rhythm, Luca lays down two slabs of absolute dynamite that not only bang, but also tie his sound, vision and inspiration back to his deepest roots with rich mythology… ‘Voltumna’ pays homage to the supreme god of Etruscan people. Not just in name and honour, but also in its powerful dynamic and touching balance of shades thanks to its atmospheric, rhythmic chord. ‘Aplu’ continues this spiritual theme with a dedication to another Entruscan divinity. An offering to the god of thunder and lightning, once again it lives up to its name with a barbed rolling dynamic that suddenly cracks open into a cosmos of light and emotion before hurling you back into the dark drum drama. Thunderous isn’t the half of it. It comes complete with two exceptional remixes of ‘Voltumna’ by Slam and Truncate. Soma bosses Slam add their signature Glaswegian grit with distorted textures that loop in a hypnotic frenzy while Truncate strips the groove back to a jacking dynamic that becomes progressively bouncier with raw machine funk insistency. Across the originals and remixes there’s not a corner in techno that isn’t exceptional