Based in Paris and Barcelona, Alphanova is a promising French duo with focus on non-fluffy genres such as Italo Disco, EBM, Indie Dance, and Dark Disco. It all started when Yuli de Borde and Hader noticed their energetic B2B sets had the potential to become something official not only behind the decks but also in prolific studio sessions. The result of the latter can be checked on the suitably named “First Impressions”, their debut EP on Sharped Records featuring two well-constructed originals and three spot-on remixes made with love by Miguel de Bois, Ramtarr, and Zaatar زَعْتَر (SXDNS332). A watch-out-these-guys debut, we dare say.
Another artist to watch is Zaatar زَعْتَر. Hailing from Lille, France, the young and rising DJ and producer has already had her solid work published on Enlace, Playground, Soil, and now Sharped, bringing a dark-as-hell take on “Creatine” for the occasion.
If the original presents a blend of Italo and EBM elements, Zaatar’s interpretation added a dirtier and heavier coat on top, resulting in a sort of Industrial-meets-Dark-Techno cut devoted to bringing chaos to the sweaty and filthy dance floors, where it belongs. Not recommended for pool parties and beach clubs.
You can find (and buy) this and other music pearls on the Bandcamp page of the label.