Review: Moratu remains as shadowy as ever with his comeback on Oldvavis, an imprint which he inaugurated with an EP earlier this year. Much like his previous outing, the mood is tense, minimal and itchy thanks to his intricate percussion swirls and eerie, outsider electronics. "Felde" is a head-strong house belter locked in a tight lo-fi groove, and backed by a hefty kick drum in its depths. On the flip, "Little Olt" is more on the musical side thanks to a flurry of flutes, but the driving minimal edge remains loud and clear, and its bass tone swells deeper than ever before. For fans of Villalobos, Perlon and that whole gang of nutters.
Review: Cutting a strident path through the Eastern European minimal milieu, Moratu has already surfaced on Beech and Nil before now, but now the emergent producer inaugurates new label Oldvavis, and the sounds contained within certainly pack enough pep to edge in front of the crowd. "Oldvavis" moves with that swirling, dubbed-out techno breakbeat flavour that has been prevalent in recent years, but the drums come through clear and punchy, and it gives the beat an urgency that can't be ignored. "Ponfeel" gets into a different kind of groove, upping the shuffle and making for a catchy house jam full of organic goodness.
Review: Romanian minimal reigns supreme, accept no substitute. Another one to watch is Moratu, who has released previously on Soulsity and his own imprints Beech Music and this one right here: Oldvavis. This is intelligent minimal exoticism in the vein of fellow countryman and modern auteur Petre Inspirescu and it's definitely worth your time. The title track implements real musicianship in the form of double bass and traditional wind and string instruments merging Romanian folk with minimal house eloquently. "Consan" is a bit fiercer with its groove but still retaining some sublime live instrumentation over a rolling bassline that's more built for dancefloors. "Mendeleev" is more straight up minimal; a druggy weirdo groove for late morning after-hours parties.