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vicolo cieco


Artist : Heinrich Dressel 

Label : MinimalRome 

vicolo cieco / 12"

After the completion of the "Studium Amphorae" trilogy, Heinrich Dressel returns with a 4-track release. A compendium of crime-o-rama deliberate violence, with the Legowelt connivance. Maybe the 1st chapter of a new Dressel series ? Check..!

escape from the hill


Artist : Heinrich Dressel 

Label : MinimalRome 

escape from the hill / LP

The second release by Heinrich Dressel, "Escape From The Hill" begins with an incredibly lovely electronic introduction; "The Bright Side" is a vaguely spooky piece of cinematic kosmische musik, leading into a title track that reveals an astutely observed italo-electro hybrid. "Porticus Aemilia" might bring to mind the music of Zombi, albeit with a little more emphasis on a machinated electronic sound. The suggestion of kitsch, 80's horror/sci-fi soundtrack references is yet more pronounced on "Lost Into The Horrea Sulpicia", before a big, chunky synth melody takes centre stage on "Sailing From Ripa Grande". Finally, "The Dark Side" marks a return to the sinister soundtrack electro sounds that Dressel seems to be so well versed in. Fat One ;)

sighing melodies thru the graves


Artist : Heinrich Dressel 

Label : Mannequin 

sighing melodies thru the graves / LP

New LP release from Heinrich Dressel (aka Valerio Lombardozzi), the italian producer and mind of one of the best techno-electro labels around, MinimalRome. After some marvellous releases on Legowelt's Strange Life and MinimalRome, Heinrich Dressel is finally celebrating the use of vintage synthesizers and driven electronic machines, holding elements of electro and ambient at the same time, but breaking from the genres too, deeply inspired by Heinrich Dressel, the pioneering German archeologist sent to study in the holy city in Monte Testaccio, who drew what is now a major tool for study of Roman amphorae, the 'Table of Dressel'. Heinrich Dressel is placed in a sort of limbo where John Carpenter meets Drexciya, a sonorous journey through the darker side of the electro, taking the commands of the Elka synthex, one of the most impressive polysynths in the history of music, planned and manufactured by Mario Maggi in the early 80's. Musically speaking, 'Sighing Melodies Thru The Graves' can be described as a captivating hybrid of styles, mixing the chilling-menacing mood of the 70's-80's lo-fi funkadelic horror soundtracks to outerspace synthesised soundscapes in a pure classy vein. This is cryptical-kosmische psychedelica with a nice electro retro touch and avant-minimalist vibes. An important contribution and a propulsive cinematic affair. Limited edition of 300 copies on 140g white vinyl!

mons testaceum


Artist : Heinrich Dressel 

Label : Mannequin 

mons testaceum / LP

Originally released by Legowelt's Strange Life label on CD-r back in 2007, 'Mons Testaceum' finally has its 1st vinyl press on Mannequin Records. 'Mons Testaceum' together with 'Escape From The Hill' and 'Completion Of The Amphoras Table' represented the 1st of a trilogy dedicated to the 'Monte Testaccio', an artificial mound in Rome composed almost entirely of testae, fragments of broken amphorae dating from the time of the Roman Empire. The sound of the album is moving somewhere hidden between Fabio Frizzi and Goblin, thanks the extensive use of the Italian (better Roman) legendary synthesizer Elka Synthex in every single track, with touches of the Berlin electronic school, “mixed with irresistable futuristic soulfunk synth solos (Kool and the Gang goes cosmic!)”. Impressive stuff in a limited edition of 400 copies..

waterproof theory


Artist : Heinrich Dressel 

Label : Frustrated Funk 

waterproof theory / 12"

While nowadays underground music hits are being selected and pushed through applications that analyze and calculate the amount of followers, friends, likes, hits, posts and traffic on social media, music is getting more and more isolated from it's original function, being prostituted by companies that don't even listen to the actual content itself. So while they are counting likes and chase the next past hype we still try to focus on the actual essence of the game: music. The limited series of Frustrated Funk's ever growing catalog now sees MinimalRome chief Heinrich Dressel explore aquatic territories below the surface of mud streams that rise high in the Apennine Mountains and flow to find their way to the Tyrrhenian Sea. Ancient legends of the Tiber River tell stories like the one of Rome's founders, the twin brothers Romulus and Remus, who were abandoned on it's waters and where they were rescued by a mystic she-wolf. Dressel tries to capture these great legends that lurk in the depth and surround the Roman area. Great music comes from great minds. Great minds are inspired by great stories. And no technical application can count or analyze the importance of that!

the styx swamp


Artist : Heinrich Dressel 

Label : Barba Records 

the styx swamp / 12"

Roman producer (and a force behind MinimalRome label) Valerio Lombardozzi known as Heinrich Dressel returns to Barba with a 2nd release titled 'The Styx Swamp'. Heinrich has a unique way of combining classic techno and electro sounds with elements from the beloved Drexciyan universe and John Carpenter leitmotifs, and making them come together in a manner that both moves your body and pushes your mind beyond the point of awareness. As with the previous record, 'Lurking Underwater', here he pulls off the move with the same efficiency and without sounding like he's repeating himself. "Gray Slope", "Sailing The Nether Waterways" and "The Styx Swamp" are all quite moody and deep, rich with sound and thick with vibe. However, the tracks feel equally at home in 4 am techno situation and a heady afterhours affair. He truly is a master of crafting hybrids whose influences get so flawlessly embedded that it's hard to point them out. If that's not enough, 'The Styx Swamp' got a treatment by Nigel Rogers (aka Perseus Traxx), a multi-faceted producer and a mighty live act performer. Nigel stayed respectful to the original but made the original's bouncy groove into something more direct and reduced, while retaining the same feel conditioned by lead synth's hypnotic quality. We're known to give a little bit of extra love to our releases so (as all before) this one's pressed onto a heavy duty 180gr vinyl and beautifully packaged in an original artwork by EmaEmaEma.

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