Audio Mixer: Luciano Lamanna.
Recording information: Rome (03/2013-10/2014).
Roman DJ/producer Giorgio Gigli has been releasing sparse yet subtly detailed hypnotic techno tracks since the mid-2000s, but his debut full-length, The Right Place Where Not to Be, departs from steady techno rhythms, crawling into a sort of murky dark ambient/industrial hybrid. The throbbing midtempo beats here keep pretty low to the ground, and the gaseous atmospheres are so heavy that sometimes the beats are more felt than heard. It often feels like roaming around an alien landscape where the surface is just barely solid, and it's difficult to make out anything beyond a few inches from your space helmet, but you get the sensation that something's moving in the distance. "Surrounded" adds a slight bit of acid tension to its swirling, creeping ambience, and "Nocturne" seems to have more of a crunch to its rhythm and growling bass synths. Titles such as "Eve of Destruction" hint toward impending doom, but there's more of a sense of wonder and excitement than terror. ~ Paul Simpson