Another debut on U-TRAX brings us Italy’s Qualia, with their IDM-infused ‘Qualia EP’, on vinyl and for downloading and streaming.
Comprising Marco Simioni, Mattero Mazreku, and Francesco Pio Nitti, Qualia are a group of Italian producers who have never met in person. Due to the covid pandemic, they created their songs remotely from their home studios in Italy, Switserland and the UK.
Having previously released records on Detroit Underground and fellow Utrecht label 030303 between them, they present their eponymous EP of four deep tracks taking inﬂuence from a range of genres, including acid-techno, ambient, noise, and beyond.
Leading the release, Perception brings beautiful strings, funky 808 drums and acid tones for a deep and moving opener. Stretched across the A2 is the ambient bliss of VV Cephei A, which brings Boards of Canada-esque drones and tones.
On the ﬂip, the title track Qualia brings a headsy does of braindance to the mix, recalling the early experiments of Aphex Twin with merciless 303 squelches and distant reverberations. Closing track Until I Break Apart leads with dark, moody strings before a pounding kick introduces a stark tempo shift before deep ambient atmospheres engulf the ﬁnal minutes.
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Available for on limited edition vinyl, including a 30x30 cm insert designed by the artists themselves, and as digital download and streaming: April 15th, 2022.
All tracks mixed and mastered by Ballyhoo Studio Mastering.
Artwork by Qualia.
Graphic design by Botterman Ontwerp.