Boomkat Product Review:
Hardcore archivist and fetishist Alberto Guerrini a.k.a. Gabber Eleganza débuts his keenly anticipated studio work on Lorenzo Senni’s Presto!? with Never Sleep #1. Perfectly toying with expectations, GE extracts what he needs from the ‘90s hard dance archetype and mutates it in-the-mix with smart strokes of romantic synth pads and a windswept dynamic of his own making.
It’s basically not gabber as you know and love/hate it - as in frenetic pounders and eye-bleeding stabs - but rather an essence of gabber’s full throttle futurism circumvented or danced around in much the same way Lorenzo did with hard trance.
The results are teasing, deviant, anticipation-baiting, with Junonica juggling bursts of kick drums with inverted black hole peaks and streaking hardstyle lixx, whereas Never Sleep toggles lip-smakingly lush pads with a mix of grubbing and balletic kick drum patterns on a dembow bump, and Total Football is a tempestuous arrangement of jagged shockwaves and pill-belly queasiness that resolves at lush points in a perpetual trajectory to the next peak.