Milan's Na Zrak label reach their 40th release
Founded in 2018, this is the 40th release from Milan's Na Zrak label, and they're celebrating the milestone with an eight-track collection of uncompromising, underground minimal and deep tech that you can call a compilation album or an EP as you see fit! Don't come here looking for big names – you won't find any. Do come here looking for quality sparse, twitchy grooves whose producers, thankfully, all seem to have kept one eye firmly on the dancefloor at all times.
Fabrizio Siano's The Social Aesthetic Paradox gets the ball rolling in broody, dusty, filmic fashion, before Nobodi and Microlab drag us onto the floor with the hip-shakin' Facemask and Home Alone, respectively. Djosh's Haselnussen has proggy overtones that could help broaden its appeal, while Simone Adinolfi's Final Destination leans towards the techno side of things. Paradoxal then provides an album (or EP, if you prefer) highlight in the form of the dubby Ivy, after which deep techno goes Balearic on Enivrez Vous & Zenk's No Way and then DAT (Italy) play us out with the lolloping, looping Montyurve.
If you're not a minimal lover, it has to be said this won't be the album to change your mind – and it would be hard to argue that there's anything especially groundbreaking going on. But if you are, and you're looking for fresh material for your DJ sets, there are many enjoyable goodies to play with here.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 2 November
Review Score: 8