I have such high expectations when I see a new record from Ricardo Paffetti, otherwise known as Black Loops, and he continues to exceed them. Shall Not Fade is releasing a 5 track EP he hammered together out of salvaged electro, acid jazz, deep house and Italo remnants. “Mike The Dog” starts on the acid jazz/electro tip — like if you heard Pat Metheny remixed with some thin, icy synths and drums muffled in a feather box. “Circulation” presses its face against the glass of IDM but never crosses.

The B-Side is my jam. “Banana 20” packs a few decades of Italian electronic music into about 5 minutes, with a squiggle of a bassline working sometimes together and sometimes creating friction with the groove. “Dream2gether” is simply a beautiful piece of music, with the frenetic pace and soulful uplift of classic New York house. “Danse Sur L’Hardcore” ends things on an uptempo note. As always, these are exquisitely produced tracks. They really, really sound good.

There are so many people trying to do what other people are doing and Black Loops is doing Black Loops.

Black Loops: Circulation EP (Shall Not Fade / March 2021 / 12″ Vinyl/Digital)
1. Black Loops: Mike The Dog 05:56
2. Black Loops: Circulation 05:14
3. Black Loops: Banana 20 06:37
4. Black Loops: Dream2gether 05:34
5. Black Loops: Danse sur l’Hardcore 06:40

⚪️ Disclosure Statement: This record was not submitted as a promo.



This was originally published in 5 Mag issue 188: Rising with South African duo Black Motion, Chicago’s Dance Loud, Detroit vocalist Nikki O, Angel Moraes & more. Support 5 Mag by becoming a member for just $1 per issue.




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