The Tao (ep)
Italian techno DJ and producer Donato Dozzy is a bit of a magician – he makes the club bangers that also can exist outside of those four walls and can live and breathe on your home stereo too. It’s a slick gift, subtle, intriguing. He’s been making music for a quarter century or so and in the last decade in particular he’s fused old school techno with modern innovations, incorporating the feel of minimalism somehow within that same framework.
His latest EP is The Tao – just four tracks, 19 minutes in total, but it’s a sonic journey.
Opener, Mai, has this relentless rhythmic drag and it just bubbles away in frenetic-land, a place where Dozzy gets his passport stamped, lol, as often as he can.
Dusty Bones is next, the rattle this time is some old school toms which build and tumble atop a car-alarm effect, house music airhorn being pitched up to make a motif as giant squelches of bass couch it.
But then the drop into something calmer, melodic and minimalism – Sanza High could be Ryuichi Sakamoto in soundtrack-land, a slim, steady pulse sitting beneath the monotone monotony.
The closer is the title track, Tao. Renegade snares and kicks dance across anything and everything. It’s a wee thrill actually.
Donato Dozzy is a magician. And The Tao is his latest set of tricks.
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