Much like summer itself, Low Down Deep’s release schedule this year seems to know no limits when it comes to turning up the heat and burning up the ground beneath you. To maintain August’s intensity, we confidently handed the torch to none other than rising star and legend-in-the-making, Mr. Moliterno aka DJ Turno. It seemed appropriate to let the Italian in the Low Down Deep Collective take us to Rome, Italy for Part 6 of the ‘Cities Series’, and it comes as no surprise that he’s managed to serve up a double-sided release that’s been carefully baked to perfection inside the four walls of his inner sanctum aka ‘The Lair’.
10 years from now, if we as a community decide to release an official Drum & Bass Encyclopedia, right smack at the centre of the article on ‘The Intro’, will be the A-Side to this release, ‘Gladiator’. Turno has created more space and abundance within the first 30 seconds of this tune than an entire finely-crafted DJ set tends to. Did we mention it’s absolutely beautiful? Welcome to your personal audio retreat into DNB Intro Heaven where peace and bliss await you. That being said, sometimes it really is all about the contrast. Just as fast as Turno had you on that ethereal trip to your heavenly place, he sneaks up on you with a ninja-like breakdown that brings you right back to the dancefloor with a sample instructing you to ‘unleash hell’ as the mechanical, gritty, groovy bassline and elegantly-crafted drum kit take hold and don’t let go until the DJ wielding this musical weapon says so.
On the flip, Turno gets a bit more literal with ‘Resurrected’ and lets us know he means business when it comes to keeping the listener engaged, painting elaborate musical pictures, and presenting his own unique take on the creative universe that is Music. One of the creeds Turno lives by is, ‘Time waits for no man’, and neither does the intro to this track. We are swiftly greeted by the voice of Silvio Dante, the low-profile consigliere to boss Tony Soprano on the legendary HBO series, ‘The Sopranos’. Almost right away, we know this tune is about to get gully. The vibe is set, the atmosphere tense and bound. As it all starts to unfold, we realise that, from start to finish, the colossal and heavyweight sounds of the tune’s beatz and bass are brilliantly melded with dense layers of atmosphere and vocal snippets of Sylvio impersonating the iconic Michael Corleone from “The Godfather”. As a result, Turno has created not only a dance floor destroyer, but a tune that really does immerse the listener into the world of gangster film, painting a picture that is often only effectively done through the big screen. Just when you thought you were out…we pulled you back in!