Following up to his maiden transmission for the label, «Cosmic Silence», issued a year ago, Italian producer Alessandro Cozzolino AKA Cioz resurfaces on Stil vor Talent with his longed-for debut album «Supermassive Whole» – a ten-track cosmic odyssey in sound percolating staple elements of Cioz’s palette of choice, from otherworldly techno to Latin-inflected house, via the obvious injection of kosmische and electronica soundscaping.
The lead single «Wachaka» – recorded in collaboration with Cape Town producer Ryan Murgatroyd, exemplifies Cozzolino’s electrifying approach to a T. An inch-perfectly balanced mix of Afro-infused polyrhythmic bravura and seesawing synth moves, the track swells with a blazing fire at heart that keeps on sprawling infectiously with each and every bar. Trading the linear buildup for most sensuous levels of syncopation, «Me Monkey» serves up a warmer kind of funk, perfect for getting snug and cozy before an avalanche of seesawing chords up the ante towards space-opera-esque amplitude. All in elusive sinuosity and processed machine talk, «Harakat» dwells the confines of wonky house templates and polyamorous EBM, while «I Always Wanted To…» goes the slo-burning, counterclockwise route, primed for languid moments in the alcove.
«B1» is perhaps the most spitting avatar of the Italian whiz’s hybrid rolling-and-pounding rhythmic style, nicely embodying both its quirky, hip-swaying and fanfare-like percussive aspects. The ecstatically bouncy «Do It The Way You Feel» showcases Cioz’s more rousing, floor-friendly facet with a killer combo of hi-octane electro dynamics, pop-rock motif’d hooks and slashing breaks taking the controls. The mood also happens to be melancholic at times, such as on the beautifully understated «Is This Real», which bridges the gap betwixt piano-house déjà-vu – here tweaked to distinctively soul-wrenching effect, and a prog buildup glossed under a thick sauce of FX, similar to that of «Sudpol Birgit»‘s inflating saturation in the post-prod treatment. Somewhat brushed with balearic shades in mind, «Pace e Amore» follows a more classic curve, slowly veering off onto ambient-laced territories, while «Lost in Space» evokes a certain idea of gravity-defying plenitude through that ever intuitive and subtly arranged collage of tender wistfulness and endless attraction towards the groove, which defines Cozzolino’s phraseology so fittingly.