Upfront 048 / December 22, 2015

Bruno Pronsato

Playful, rich and funky minimal movements, capped off with a yuletide treat.

About this mix

This mix was made in the early hours of the morning while my daughters slept or late in the evening after they went to bed...or somewhere in between.

I owe a a lot of credit to my great friends, Anrilov and Yonatan Levi, who contributed over the internet with sounds, kick drums and bass playing. We're releasing some of our work together as Bruno Pronsato & The Odd Ballads in February on Popcorn Ltd.

It's a mostly improvisational mix with some pieces of upcoming remixes redone. I freshened up an old track I did a while back called "The Make Up The Break Up" and added a new Archangel track, "Better Than Cindy," that may come out on Foom next year.

My proudest moment in this Upfront, however, is putting Vincent Geraldi's "Christmas Time Is Here" at the end. It's one of the saddest, yet somehow uplifting tracks I've ever heard.

Bruno Pronsato

Boiler Room says...

One of the reasons the 'microhouse', 'minimal' or whatever-you-want-to-call-it scene not only its foothold on the summit of European dancefloors, but actively became the butt of gags in certain circles, is because it took itself too seriously. Records got bogged down in clicks ’n cuts trickery, blanching the colour, and racing to the bottom of reduction; DJs suffocated the inherent joy in those delightful little melodies with listless, tepid sets that saw no pay-off.

The Scene That Celebrates I̶t̶s̶e̶l̶f̶ Very Little, basically.

Bruno Pronsato's masterful Lovers Do came after the goldrush, and thank fuck for that. It sits alongside records by Horror IncThomas MelchiorRoman Flügel as 'best in show' for the decade so far. Where others sagged, Pronsato sparkled.

Our last Upfront of 2015, comprised of entirely new and unheard material from the GEIST man, sees him carry that form across. What starts soft, with some of the most tonally pure productions all year – not unlike Mule Musiq's entry in the series from March – develops a skip 'n swing in no time. There's just the right amount of squelch and funk, miniature rhythmic hiccups here and there, jazzy grooves skirting across one another, and kicks that sit in that super satisfying sweet spot.

But what sets this apart is the playfulness. You can vividly picture him hitting his stride in the closing run, cheerily darting back and forth between tracks never yet seen the light of day, totally unencumbered. All in, it's one of the best minimal/micro/whatever mixes we’ve heard in a minute – and rounded off with a goddamn yuletide staple.

And when’s the last time you heard Charlie Brown pop up in a mix? That’s right: never.

Gabriel Szatan

Gabriel Szatan

Gabriel is one of the show programmer/hosts, and BR's Editor-in-Chief – somehow.