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Mariel Ito

2000 – 2005

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Though he’s best known as Maceo Plex, Barcelona-based Cuban-American Eric Estornel was making electro a long time before he ventured into tech-house. Electro is where his heart is, and you can tell on this retrospective collection of his early work as Mariel Ito. ‘Kepler 186b’ is an icy sci-fi thriller of arpeggio bass and sinister keys, ‘Approach’ has crisp beats and weird keys that sound like bizarre creatures communicating, ‘Lovely’ is an especially good electro-breakbeat fusion with the sense of tension he’d later develop, and ‘Portal Mover’ crackles with energy like an electricity pylon. This is superb stuff.
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