Hypnus is not a label that we discovered immediately: we were first into Luigi Tozzi, after his memorable EP “Myrmidon“, before eventually noticing Michel’s imprint with “Quetzalcóatl” in 2016. On the contrary, we can proudly say that we followed QEONE straight from its launch last year. The two projects have some common points. They both provided “a rush to the ramparts of excitement” for us (or said simplier: “YAYYYY!”). They are uncompromising on sound quality; they not only provide tribal techno at its best but also impact the genre with an interesting modernity, as shown in the present two-part VA. They are both deeply conceptualised: Hypnus has one foot on the moon while QEONE hides in the woods under the leaves. They are both accompanied by insane podcasts: The Memoir for Hypnus and Herbarium for QEONE (did you play the last one?). They are both curated by artists that have – say – some “symptoms of hyperactivity”, which they turn to high creativity for our greatest pleasure: Polygonia’s artworks are for instance phenomenal. Last but not least: they both give voice to new and established talents, with humility and passion. They are a source of pride for our scene.
FROM THE VAULT RESURRECTING A DOPE RELEASE FROM THE PAST
NOTE: First, out of gratitude, we surprise the artists who have accepted to be our guest writers from the 44th to the 63rd selection, by sharing what we humbly consider to be their top work.
If you are looking for more recent works from him, although not exactly “from yesterday” (didn’t we mention that he doesn’t record very often? 😅): here are two electrifying EPs, with superb artworks made by himself:
BRANDO LUPI [DETUNE RECORDS]
Brando Lupi is “a Jack-of-all-trades”: drawer, painter, photographer, musician, DJ, producer, sound engineer, Detune Records owner… Next to techno music, he’s navigating in the field of electroacoustics, having an experimental approach full of curiosity on many instruments and gear. He was already “cutting it up fresh” at the end of the 80s, but don’t get it wrong: he’s forever young. He became a pianist, a virtuoso guitarist and step by step one of the pioneers of the Italian hypnotic techno saga.
The only criticism we’d have is that he spends more time playing music than recording it, from Indie rock to psychedelic jazz to techno. If his jam sessions are epic (such as this one), his relation to techno has been tumultuous over the years; you know, ups & downs, love & hate…
Yet in 2006 (yes, two decades ago, you won’t believe it), he released “Sleeping World”, a monument of electronic music throughout all genres, ahead of its time.
He honoured us in the 48th selection by sharing his expert view on Sindh’s mythic (and mystical) album.