Nancy Azzurro comes out of nowhere. Well, that’s not entirely true—Lovefingers met her about 10 years ago on the beach near her home on the island of Sardinia—but in terms of our musical orbit, she is a very private artist, creating only the purest music, straight from the heart. These three gorgeous songs were produced during her young adulthood and would become secret weapons for a handful of DJs she’d meet over the following years. Still standing the test of time today, they’re now finally seeing a proper release. Side-A’s Grace invites us into Nancy’s world where Disco and House collide—the live drums, percussion and bassline hold down a blanket of synth strings and wah-wahs. Halfway through this epic enters a piano hook of the highest order, an emotional rush that brings together everything we love on the dancefloor, guaranteed to induce goosebumps. On side-B, she rounds out the release with the dreamlike, percussive and Yugo-tinged Illustrations & The Large, and closes with the title track Teen Bee, a loopy cowbell-driven dive into the deep, filled with luscious sweeping chords and meandering keys. The ESP Institute is honoured to close out 2016 (one seriously heavy year) with such a beautiful and cohesive release. Thank you and goodnight.
Published: 18th November 2016