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Boomkat Product Review:
Napoli’s local hero Gigi Testa shakes out four tracks of colourful, worldly disco plumage on his lushly vibrant debut for Rush Hour
A mainstay of his home city and entirely symptomatic of its tastes for deep, warm grooves, Gigi Testa’s music weaves traces of inspo ranging from ‘80s South African grooves to Caribbean synth-pop and NYC deep house in resplendent style on ‘Esoteric Paradise’. Tooled up with an arsenal of classic kit - acoustic and electric guitars, Fender bass and keys, synths, drum machines and electronic drum - each cut shapeshifts to a subtly different paradigm, but all share a rude looseness that prizes pre-computer production techniques.
‘Esoteric Paradise’ sets out his style for newcomers with a flush of breathy choral FM pads and pendulous Linn-style percussion on a jazz-funk swerve, whereas ‘Blue Ocean’ tucks it away somewhere more low key and charming like a balmy Hugh Masakela ace, and ‘Guyaba’ faithfully looks to the breezier lilt of obscure Trinidadian synth-pop, with ‘Moments In Time’ wrapping up on a dusky sort of Balearic bop, replete with new age flutes.