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TSVI’s debut album ‘Inner Worlds’ pays testament to the breadth and focus of the Nervous Horizon label co-owner’s take on the hard drum style he shares with Wallwork and DJ Plead
Splicing cues from Caribbean dancehall, Angolan tarraxho, and Arabic trance with a core influence of Sufi ideologies and bellydance styles, ‘Inner Worlds’ wraps up TSVI’s weltanschauung with a banging set of drums intended to realign your chakras.
Born and raised in Italy by parents who practice Hinduism, and now based in London, TSVI hatched his sound in 2004 in the wake of post-dubstep and UKF, leading to a handful of 12”s on his Nervous Horizon label that effectively sees post-dubstep and UKF as unfinished business.
His debut album is intended as “an inner journey through different states of meditation and self-discovery”, and uses atmospheric sound design to fill the gaps between his prominent, syncopated rhythms, searing trance lines and crisp electronics. It’s all most effective in the heavy tarraxho traction of ‘Jinn’; the canny pre-echoes of Beatrice Dillon’s ‘Workaround’ album in the sloshing drums and instrumental samples of ‘Mesmerize’; the militant dancehall dread of ‘Neutrino’; and the DJ Haram-like Mahraganat drums of ‘Hossam, while ‘Inner Worlds’ and ‘Safi’ see to his plusher side with layered synth harmonies and spiralling trance-pop vocals.