The Fat Pasta Grooves – SLOK – Album Review
Written by Michael
September 8, 2010 2:35 pm
Italian house has always been different from the rest, spearheaded in recent years by the likes of Gigi D’Agostino and Alessandro Gaudino. SLOK himself, real name Alessandro Russo started not with house but breakbeat and jungle, with releases such as albums They Call it Jungle and Freak 2000 produced for Irma Records. Fast forward to 2010 and SLOK is pursuing different avenues first with tech-house album Rain and now The Fat Pasta Grooves, an album that is also tech house but with deeper grooves.
Particular highlights of the album include the elegant Boys, its punchy vibes and rhythmic percussion blending into a deep fervour, So Cool a track which oozes with sophisticated cool, the vocal samples and beat percussion working cohesively, and Vinotheque – a beautifully judged piece of music that starts off in a not entirely captivating manner but soon has you under its spell with the soft orchestral elements sucking you into a world of balance and harmony.
A couple of weak points were possibly Minnie, the pads felt under worked and ill-fitting with the otherwise tech-beat, and Paris Feeling which reeked of special potential early on but seemed to drift away. Otherwise this is a simple-in-approach but professionally assembled album, there is no real “hand in the air” moment here but then we can’t imagine that’s exactly what SLOK had in mind. Instead, this is progressive, lovingly assembled music that serves well as a chillout album, the quality of the production here is certainly very high. If deep, relaxing and sensual house that would go perfectly with a glass of Barolo after work is what you’re looking for, then in The Fat Pasta Grooves you need search no more.
The Fat Pasta Grooves is released on Beatport on September 15th. We only wish that such an elegant album could be delivered in an equally elegant format – i.e. a well presented CD case.