Magnetic is pleased to premiere "Baustelle," a sizzling new b-side track from the Italian duo of Gabriele Micheli and Riccardo Paffetti, known to fans of deep, funky house and techno as Black Loops.
Now residing in Berlin, the pair has been causing quite a stir with sick releases for Toy Tonics, Gruuv, Discoholycs, and Neovinyl Recordings (run by frequent collaborator Carlo). Support has been pouring in for their "hot electronic funk" from a diverse array of A-list DJs, including Jimpster, Riva Starr, Joey Negro, Josh Wink, and Luke Solomon.
I caught up with Riccardo Paffetti to get an introduction.
How did you guys meet?
Around 2007 I (Riccardo) was organizing parties in Tuscany and met Gabriele as he was the official photographer for the events. We hit it off from the start and started making music together by 2011.
Italy has a long history of innovation in dance music, going all the way back to Italo Disco, a major influence on early house music. Has Italian electronic music informed your work?
Of course Italo Disco was a great era, but our influences come mainly from other genres such as funk, soul, and crossover. We feel our style of music, in terms of electronic, stems from the early '90s UK dance movement, such as Chemical Brothers, Orbital, Prodigy but also the early '00s New York house scene, such as Metro Area and Moby.
You two are now based in Berlin. How has that city affected your artistic vision?
Berlin really opened our eyes to what real DJing is. We were playing often in Italy, but really found ourselves and our style in Berlin, where we discovered our love for playing vinyl.
Your sound draws elements of both house and techno. Describe your vibe.
Obviously Berlin definitely brought the techno side into our productions, as you can hear on our more recent releases. At the same time, we try to preserve the melodic and "vibey" element as much as possible.
Preferred platform/set-up for live performance?
At the moment, we are performing our first live set as Black Loops in collaboration with our partner in crime Carlo (Neovinyl, Good Ratio). The set-up will be simple: 2 laptops, 1 Maschine, and 1 MPC 1000. We're really looking forward to it.
Who are some of your all-time favorite producers and artists?
Some big ones for us are definitely Kerri Chandler, Laurent Garnier, Metro Area, Prodigy, Moby, J Dilla.
Favorite clubs/events to play at?
Watergate, Tresor, Fabric, Village Underground.
Name one record that will always stay in your box.
Laurent Garnier - "The Man With the Red Face"
What do you guys have coming up in the pipeline?
We are very much looking forward to our next releases: "Feel The B" EP, out on Neovinyl Dec '16; "Intermission" EP (w/ Carlo), out on Good Ratio Music Jan '17; "4 The Lovers" EP, out on PETS Recordings March '17.
Thanks for the interview guys! Purchase the track here, via Traxsource.