Hunter/Game Set a Steady Pace on Undulating ‘Declino’
Off of the Italian production team's debut LP, 'Adaptation'
Italy’s electronic scene has been rising in (slightly more) mainstream prominence lately, with attention to Berlin-via-Milan duo Tale of Us leading — for the more curious listeners — to explorations of lesser-known acts like the naturalistic minimalists in Voices from the Lake, or Tuscan talent bastion Bosconi Records. Affiliated with Berlin deep house label Innervisions, DJ duo Hunter/Game are very much a part of this new/old crop of artists. Adaptation, their hypnotizing debut LP due February 5 via Cologne’s storied Kompakt, reflects their fascination with the neverending symmetry of Moebius strips and MC Escher.
On “Declino,” the second song on the ten-track effort, Emmanuele Nicosia and Martino Bertola create a dark, dank atmosphere with percussion pulses that drip like water from a cave ceiling. Laced with church organ stabs eerie enough for the Dracula soundtrack, the track builds steady momentum by never losing its profoundly affecting sense of the ominous. Listen here.