Mathame is a name that defines the audio-process developed by brothers Amedeo and Matteo Giovanelli. It began in 2013, whilst they were living in a forest at the slopes of Mount Etna, where they both worked crafting their unique sound.
They absorbed and studied wide-ranging musical influences: from rock pirate radio to dance music culture, from spiritual chant experiences to hip hop and pop.
Mathame released their first EP on Vaal’s label Bastaard in 2015, followed it up in 2017 with a brilliant EP for Tiefschwarz’s Souvenir and exploded in 2018 with a hit single on Tale Of Us’ label Afterlife, containing the highly-anticipated “Nothing Around Us” and “Fade Into You” tracks, which have become an international success.
Expressing a musical venture which draws from the combined roots of IDM, house and techno, Mind Against are the Italian-born, Berlin-based duo of Alessandro and Federico Fognini.
Their gift for creating emotion through the synths and percussive instruments in their studio translates uniquely onto the dancefloor, where their slick, moving take on techno makes for a special kind of peak in the club. They draw from the psychedelic hooks of 1980s soundtracks and from modern dance music’s emphasis on sound design to create a distinctive and immensely powerful sound.
In 2013, Mind Against released their first EP ‘Atlant’ on breakthrough label Life And Death, pioneering a new sub-genre with a singular style that still inspires young producers today. Then came essential collaborations with ‘Tale Of Us’ and ‘Somne’ for the same label and compilation appearances on Cocoon and Recondite’s label Plangent.
Through a string of remixes, Mind Against leant their touch to the work of, amongst others, Art Department, Ro isi n Murphy and Green Velvet. More recently also for SHDW & Obscure Shape, SCB and Hakimonu, inspiring a remix EP of the latter’s ‘Insular Realms’ through a masterstroke club edit.
All the while, they have become consumate and globally in-demand DJs, dazzling at many of electronic music’s leading clubs and festivals.
Their understanding of each other plays out in the dynamism of their joint DJ sets, where a refined selection and intricate mixing forms a journey like no other. Case in point: their revered Essential Mix from 2016.
Mind Against’s discography has grown with standout releases for Tale Of Us’ Afterlife label and Scuba’s Hotflush, including further collaborations with Locked Groove and Aether.
Two of contemporary Techno’s leading lights come together for a brand new live show, centred around a fusion of future sonics & precision synthesis for forward leaning dance floors.
Both artists have enjoyed fruitful careers mining the space between wide-angle sound design & wrought-iron dance floor functionality, with much overlap in terms of both aesthetic & thematic concerns.
David Letellier’s Kangding Ray project is best known for its Raster-Noton & Stroboscopic Artefacts affiliations – as well as remix work for Mute & Warp Records; while Sigha – real name James Shaw’s recent output via Token, in the form of 2017’s critically acclaimed LP Metabolism represents some of the British artist’s very best work – a stunning showcase of both emotive fluency & technical proficiency.
The pairing promises much in terms of pushing the envelope within the genre, an exciting machine driven venture from two artists in fine form that finds both producers drawing on more avant-garde leanings, but remains firmly rooted in the dance-floor.’
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