Laffer Ep (part 1)

Released: Feb. 23, 2015

1. Sweet Little Cheeky
length: 5.49
2. Porcelain Candy
length: 6.13
3. Picture Painters
length: 6.53

Marco Bernardi is not much for restraint, and on his first release for Barba he’s delivered a double EP with at least a double LP’s worth of ideas in it. The first half of the release is in his archetypal Detroit electro style, but very much in the robots-having-an-argument rather than the peaceful-cosmic-journey vein. All these tracks feature abrupt changes, stabbing asymmetrical rhythms, multiple layers of sound and a darker moodier feel. Opening track “Picture painters” is the brightest and liveliest of the three, driven by a classic undulating electro bassline with lots of room to groove within it. Bernardi gradually adds on more and more frenetic elements that push the track (and the right crowd) to ever higher levels of jerky intensity. “Sweet little cheeky” has a similar underpinning but is developed into a much more 4/4 rhythmwith dramatic changes in mood and emphasis to keep it interesting. Finally “Porcelain Candy” offers something rather different with a harsher, less fluid sound as Bernardi’s machines are pushed to their rhythmic and sonic limits.