Culprit close the summer series of EPs with the label debut from Luca Bacchetti. The ‘Bahamas EP’ spans two original tracks that are as unabashedly hot climate and open-air discotheque suited as anything the label has released. True to Culprit’s way, Bacchetti – a veteran of the global underground scene – delves deeper into his analog vintage side, with results that are rich in texture and full in feeling.
‘Bahamas EP’ shows Bacchetti in a confidently melodic and eclectic mood. Inspired in equal measure by disco, Italo and a bit of French House the EP is a mature work of a multi-faceted producer who finds just the right match for his deep sensibility in the Los Angeles-based label.
Sun-soaked ‘A Night in Nassau’ is an exceptionally upbeat slice of modern disco with a twist. A piece of machine soul where strong electronic groove sits comfortably underneath original piano keys and vocals, a stardust-like melodic bassline and those ubiquitous warm guitar licks that are the unifying musical element of Culprit’s summer output.
‘Such a Dreamer’ is a very cutting edge update on the Italo sounds circa 1983, a little bit tough and propulsive but with a soft, piano-led middle and a killer arpeggiated bassline in the finest Moroder tradition. The EP slots in perfectly with its “summer trilogy” predecessors – the A side invisibly connected to jozif’s ‘Standard Rising,’ the flip closer to the Climbers deep electronic edge.
Completing the package is two variations on ‘A Night in Nassau’ that will appeal to DJs in different sonic moods. Never loopy, always evolving and musically sophisticated, ‘Bahamas EP’ showcases Luca Bacchetti at his best retro, yet uniquely forward-thinking self…fitting Culprit’s modus operandi to a tee.
Published: 20th September 2012