Franco Cangelli: Raw Emotion

Gent, Belgium-based DJ and producer Franco Cangelli takes a long enough break from managing his own Mowar imprint to contribute a deep four-tracker to the Italy-based Persistencebit label. Sonically speaking, Raw Emotion (number seven in the label's ‘Texture Series') is very much in the spirit of the techno and house issued on Mowar with the EP serving up ample helpings of deep swing.

“Denizen” rolls in with a heavy bottom end before moving into a tech-house zone of distinctive Detroit-Chicago character. A discernible Daniel Bell influence rears its head on the slightly sunnier yet still pumping “Raw Emotion,” which otherwise largely takes the listener on a scenic acid-house tour. With its tribal-funk electro-groove and jacking, Chicago house feel, the B-side's “Just Before Dawn” has all the markings of a club monster, while the grooving “Who Stole The Soul” pairs a pounding kick drum assult with a slinky hi-hat pattern and soulful keyboard punctuations. On this EP at least, traces of Carl Craig and Daniel Bell rise to the surface but don't get the wrong idea: dressed up in sleek electronic layers, Raw Emotion looks as much forward as it does back.

December 2009