Rocco Siffredi (3) ‎– Per Aspera Ad Astra

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Barba Records ‎– BAR018
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Vinyl, 12", EP
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blamemusic

blamemusic

May 12, 2019

A2 - The Elements is simply fantastic ! another superb release from Vakula.
spiraltribeliverpool

spiraltribeliverpool

May 6, 2019
Solid record. Couldn't give a shit what that over opinionated Black Madonna has to cry over this time. She's the next DJ Sneak social media wise - a bitter angry head. The artwork is cool. Shame this record will be remembered for the faux outrage rather than its musical content. Never mind.
JulesJadrowsky

JulesJadrowsky

April 30, 2019
" A1, the title track "Per Asper Ad Astra" is a very late 70's reminiscent italo disco affair. Bubbly synths, flying arpeggios and pitched vocals make it feel perfectly at home in between a Giorgio Moroder and Space track, but somehow Mr Siffredi made it "his own" and sounding fresh and futuristic even in 2018. A2, "The Elements", is the records most forward momentum track and probably the most psychedelic one. It's a pure dancefloor cut with a tight drum programming counterpointed with airy synths and reverbrating guitars which are begging to be played during an open air venue sunrise moment. It's a track which exposes itself in layers of influence...from synth pop to disco and early electro. B1 cut, "Code P" is the ambient come-down tune. Rich sequences and beautiful synth pads seem to wrap themself around you as the track progresses and drown you in echoing bubbles closer to the end. Beautiful way to get lost in the record and finish it with style. We're pleased to say that Rocco delivered a diverse but consistent EP which heavily leans on the late 70s lingo of synth-infused disco and pop but carries a stamp of "today". Art by Wanda Kuchvalek."

All in all something quite different from Vakula, wouldn't call it ground-breaking or astonishing but it does its job, following the recent italo-disco, 80's synths revival. Sadly this EP will be remembered and collected for its artwork rather than for its musical content which again doesn't stand out in the huge plethora of electronic music produced today but does its job, can't say these tracks will survive 100% the test of time.
Recordstore_Zapata

Recordstore_Zapata

April 29, 2019

This time we listen to a totally different work by the electronic master Vakula and it isn't certainly the best of his works (in my opinion is the worst). The most important fact regarding this issue is that Vakula decided to draw four iconic women in the world dj scene as the drivers of the big *ick on the front of the cover: The Black Madonna, Peggy Gou, Nina Kraviz and Nastia. He has been charged with misogyny for that according to the opinions of some people who believe he wanted to quarrel with these women. Vakula has recently denied this version.
sunshower

sunshower

April 29, 2019
edited about 1 month ago

This is something different from Vakula, but again it's top quality stuff.
I like the sound of the 70's synth / 80's Italo without getting cheesy. A2 leans heavily on Depeche Mode / New Order.
But it's "CODE P' that's the standout track for me. Spacey synths are floating relaxed through the space on an eccentric spaceship which is illustrated very nice on the cover.