Boomkat Product Review:
Milan’s Giuseppe Ielasi (Bellows, Rain Text) tends to his more funked-up, maximalist side with a superb 2nd session as Inventing Masks for Error Broadcast, following up a celebrated first instalment.
If you’re a regular on these pages, you’ve no doubt heard Ielasi’s work in some form or other - whether via his plentiful mastering work (Lorenzo Senni, Catherine Christer Hennix), thru his Senufo Editions label, or most likely for his variegated collabs with Nicola Ratti in the lower case duo, Bellows or alongside Giovanni Marco Civitenga in the rhythm driven Rain Text pairing - all of which are linked by a natural sensitivity to space and tone which really sets his work apart from the field.
His solo output as Inventing Masks effectively ties all of those aspects together while also adding a most seductive sense of loping, frayed melodic richness, hustling looped samples into taut, in-the-pocket arrangements that owe as much to classic hip hop as much as broken beat house, post punk and dub production techniques.
In a sense they’re still minimalist in their dubwise economy, track titles and recycled virtuosity, but there’s far more colour and groove within these nuanced chops that you might come to expect from listening to any of his previous releases. Modestly titled by their track lengths, they turn up some proper treats between the languorous avant-jazz-funk swerve of 3’ 23”, whilst 3’ 11” sounds like Jan Jelinek gone toe-to-toe with Dego, and we can’t help but hear Lorenzo Senni’s take on ’90s trance warped into the elliptical loops of 3’ 13”, and 1’ 50” sounds like Teresa Winter trapped in a recursive nitrous high.
Turn it over and it only gets lusher with the airborne Afro-cuban percolations and breathy thizz of 3’ 19”, with the flyaway flutes and shakers of 4’ 17” recalling King Britt or Theo Parrish, before checking out on the lip-bitingly string beatdown stroke of 3’ 54”. All considered, we could hardly think of a better record to fall for this summer; it’s all just achingly on-point.