When talking about underground house music, you can hardly get any deeper than Italojohnson. The obscure german trio peaked its head out in the summer of 2013 for a brief appearance on Boiler Room, but quickly retreated back to its borough after getting assaulted by hordes of skinny white twitter hipsters. Their homonymous imprint launched in 2010 and serves as the definition of consistent quality to many vinyl-only labels by delivering a steady stream of raw jacking cuts on the same stamped white label records. Heavily influenced by Detroit and deeply touched by Chicago, Italojohnson's signature is a clean, simple and effective drum machine centred sound that features splendid synth work and clever plot twists in almost every track.
As with the previous eight releases, the ninth one also serves us three untitled proper house tracks designed with late-night dark club floors in mind. Side A presents the star of the show, one that is "too deep underground" with its minimalistic construction of kicks, toms and snares augmented by a grooved out bassline, smooth chord pads and suggestive vocal sampling. Side B greets us with a proper back-to-the-roots jacking body rocker that shows the trio's taste in acid basslines, swung percussion arrangements and ominous looped vocal cuts. Last, but not least we've got another minimalistic percussion mise-en-scène of rimshots chasing snares, stuttered bass synths struggling to break through a sub-bassline while a worn out key line sings its final notes much like an exhausted club-goer dancing his last steps for the night.
Italojonhson's latest release is out today in an extremely limited quantity of 103 hand-stamped white label pressing so better act fast on it or you'll end up filling up the greasy pockets of those dreaded slimy discogs sharks. And you definitely don't want that, trust me!