Boomkat Product Review:
Visionary boffin Novo Line flashes his club teeth on 4th album ‘Racconti’, putting his dual Amiga set-up thru its paces in thee craftiest ways, as found on his exceptional records for Ecstatic - RIYL AFX, NYZ, Belgian new beat
Doing it for the Protofuture label from his native Berlin, Novo Line plays into their wayward tastes with 14 top shelf sluggers, working restless drum patterns and needlepoint arps in variegated mutations that resemble his touchstones, ranging from Belgian new beat, to math rock, and Brazilian music, but with an unmistakably personalised, recombinatory slant. While it may feel increasingly difficult for contemporary artists to find new life in old gear, especially when generations have already had their go, that’s exactly what Novo Line does with each release, and we’re surely here for it.
We’re particularly struck by ‘Gin Tonic’, a sore thumb of jagged, pitched blues guitar amid the album’s purely electronic material, that uncannily reasserts thoughts we’ve had about Novo Line’s approach to outmoded gear being akin to UK and US blues revival players finding and voicing new nuances of tone in equipment that was thought rinsed out long before them. If you can follow? Whatever, it’s just one killer among many mesmerising cuts, with other big highlights in the carmine dripping psychojak of ’Sudore’, with some killer broken beat/experimental Italo drum trak styles on ‘Il Deca Nel Calzino’, and his arps at mesmerising best in ‘Late Nite’, while new beat/EBM/industrial nuts will gets theirs in the crazed closer ‘Early Morning’ and his signature slow meat motor, ‘Cannetta.’