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Jules Venturini – Untitled

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Even though I have been a regular visitor to the Unsound festival in Poland I will admit to still being quite unsure about much of the country’s output in terms of house and techno outside of popular names such as Eltron John, Kuba Sojka and a couple of others. This untitled release by Jules Venturini comes on new imprint Brutaz, a crew who have been running parties all across Poland, including hosting a room last year at the aforementioned festival. I can give even less information on the artist at the moment bar this release, which is a promising start for all involved.

The 12″ kicks off with my least favourite cut of the release, “No Reference”. The rudimentary fashion of the drums and the haunting riffs do compliment the distorted bass well yet it feels a bit rough around the edges. It’s still a pretty strong jam but the 2 following songs are more successful. “Nothing Ever Changes” is based around a simple, tweaked motif and vocal sample that is reminiscent of old Carl Craig and the slowly rising keys in the background add to what is a very simplistic yet encroaching piece of ambient.

The closing “Selectors Roll” is the highlight of the release, once again taking strong cues from 90s Detroit it crosses the divide between house and techno effortlessly, its laid back grooves and dusky refrains given some impetus by its jagged bass. Both Brutaz and Venturini marks themselves out as peeps to be keeping an eye on in the future.

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