Review: Nick Anthony Simoncino is the perfect choice to add to the ever-expanding Love Notes narrative. His classically rooted, passionate approach to hardware house music chimes with previous 'Noters like Octo Octa and Casey Tucker, and the quality is as high on this 12" as one of his many appearances on Creme Organization or Vibraphone, to name but a few. "Perugia 1989" is quintessential Simoncino - simple in its construction but beautifully engineered with all emphasis on an undulating bassline. "Bella Ciao" is a more tense cut that uses some nervy synth phrases to eke out a trance-indebted mood, and then "My Brother, Dani" maintains the theme with a dramatic use of space and jittery percussion.
Review: It would be fair to say that Release Sustain has put together a particularly hot line-up of production talent on this compilation style EP. Vakula kicks things off with "809", a thrillingly trippy chunk of heads-down house built around a relentless electronic riff and clattering drum machine percussion, before Italian producer Simoncino steals the show with "Laura B (Transimeno Dream Mix)", where haunting flute lines, Larry Heard chords and dusty vocal samples cluster around a heady, analogue-rich groove. On the flip, you'll find a deliciously positive and loved-up chunk of melodious deep house breeziness from veteran Vincent Floyd, and some fuzzy, jammed-out analogue deep house warmth from sometime Royal Oak and We Play House man Reggie Dokes.
Review: Given that Simoncino has never hidden his admiration for early deep house producers - much of his material sounds like it was inspired by Larry Heard, the Burrell brothers and Lamont Booker - it's unsurprising to find that his latest EP pays tribute to legendary NYC deep house producer Bobby Konders. Stylistically, this isn't much of a shift; as usual, Dreams of Konders comes swaddled in dreamy pads, vintage synthesizers and the unmistakable pulse of original analogue drum machines. Simoncino explores a range of moods - from the deep space swirl of "Meggaton" and chugging pulse of "Pyramids", to the snuggly warmth of the title track - with the faintly foreboding "Space Is The Place" standing out.