Vintage synth fetishist and genuine circuit-bending
whiz, Italo Brutalo is no typical dealer of hardwaresqueezed
juice. Tapping in the endless potentialities
of his analogue army of retro machinery, the German
producer has built a sound ID that defies conventions
and takes pride in trespassing all the frontiers and limitations
associated to the etiolated map of dance music
From EBM-laced rhythms to jagged techno motifs, via off-pistes divagations into electro, disco, hip-hop and kosmische spaces, Italo Brutalo writes a story of genrebusting, all-embracing love for the primordial groove.
Having first dabbled into production through the studio equipment of his father, young Vincent Fries quickly caught the virus of music-making and its idiosyncratic logic, using all the means within his reach to turn his ideas into actual pieces of sound. With over 25 years of fiddling, tweaking, bastardising bars of automated fire so people can have a blast on the dance floor, Italo Brutalo has gained a potent reputation amongst jockeys and producers, recently making it to the cover of Das Synthesizer Magazine.
Following up to a string of releases on a wide array of
imprints including Mozzarella Records, Days of Being
Wild, Compuphonic, RFR or Nang Records, Fries moved
onto self-releasing his output through Bungalo
Disco, the label he co-operates alongside his girlfriend.
After the first three vinyl releases went sold-out within a couple of weeks, Italo Brutalo now returns with his anticipated debut long-player, „Heartware“, which - as its title suggests, makes for a compelling ode to the machines that got him into the eerie world of sine waves and tape loops. Beautifully wrapped in a gatefold, and adorned with the exquisite artwork of his creative partner to go full-circle. What else?