Following two EP’s focused around the inaugural album track, Francesca Lombardo turns her attention towards something more dancefloor-centric for ‘Eye Ring’. Delving further into her rich and diverse musical background, Francesca presents a remix package from some of House and Techno’s finest, alongside an ‘Eye Ring’ rework of her own, preparing discerning listeners alike for the full release of her debut LP.
Bringing on board a wealth of talent and experience via Martin Buttrich, South America’s Guti & Classical aficionado Francesco Tristano, the release expertly enters club terrain, deploying after hour sonics; packed alongside four-four kicks, whilst always retaining the foundations of Francesca’s ethereal original.
Opening the EP, Francesca Lombardo presents an accomplished Tech tool with a deeper sense of meaning. Strings build towards an effective crescendo, propelled forward by solid hi-hat patterns. Injecting a stronger dose of mysticism, Francesca forgoes using her own vocal samples, instead honing in on a meditative, heads downstate.
A name that needs no introduction, Martin Buttrich delivers two more edits following his mesmerizing reinterpretation on the ‘Song Remixes’ EP. ‘Dub Thing Two’ showcases Martin’s ability to create a driving, animalistic basslines that pulsate throughout the track, whilst never diminishing the essence of Francesca’s expressive original.
‘Dub Thing One’ sees Martin increase the tempo, taking a more contemplative stance, as subtle percussive elements and snappy frequencies add decisive progression to the tracks overall structure. Rolling arpeggios and hi-end atmospherics are pushed into trippier realms via Francesca’s vocals, deeply submerged in reverberation.
Guti & Francesco Tristano step up for a further two remixes. Bringing together their expertise, the duo provides two minimal masterpieces. Guti, long associated with a new breed of electronic music, has pioneered an innovative live set for the majority of his performances whilst releasing on staples such as Desolat, Crosstown Rebels, and Wolf + Lamb. Francesco Tristano, at the forefront of progressive, classically trained musicians, seamlessly blends Techno with Classical traditions, whilst creating piano versions for Detroit anthems such as ‘The Bells’ (Jeff Mills) and ‘Strings of Life’ (Derrick May).
Now working in tandem, the gifted duo delivers two versions of ‘Eye Ring’. The first, a driving and powerful cut adorned with broken flickers of Francesca’s vocals, woven throughout the track. The second offers one of the more rolling and uplifting numbers on the EP, again infusing heavy-hitting minimalism with a keen eye for composition.
As a package, the ‘Eye Ring’ (Dance Remixes) EP reveals another facet to all the producers involved, seamlessly transitioning piano-based melody to club-ready weapons.
1 – Francesca Lombardo – ‘Eye Ring’ (Francesca Lombardo Remix)
2 – Francesca Lombardo – ‘Eye Ring’ (Martin Buttrich’s Dub Thing Two)
3 – Francesca Lombardo – ‘Eye Ring’ (Guti & Francesco Tristano’s Another Paradise Remix)
4 – Francesca Lombardo – ‘Eye Ring’ (Martin Buttrich’s Dub Thing One)
5 – Francesca Lombardo – ‘Eye Ring’ (Guti & Francesco Tristano’s Another Paradise Postlatin Remix)
Francesca Lombardo’s ‘Eye Ring’ (Dance Remixes) is out now via Echolette Records