Voices from the Lake, Spectrum Spools, IT
Italian Giuseppe Tillieci has had one of the most productive years of his busy career. Someone who pays close attention to the technical aspect of sound whether crafting in the studio, DJing or playing live around the world, he has been hugely in demand by many great labels. It’s all because his output fuses rhythm and texture with techno and ambience in hugely captivating ways, whilst Neel is also an expert technician who masters releases in his studio for a range of influential labels. His attention to detail, then, is meticulous.
Of course, Neel’s most recent project has been his excellent debut LP, Phobos, on the Spectrum Spools label. Full of intricate, seductive ambient drones, Resident Advisor call it "expert", Juno call it an "organic exploration" and Boomkat and the Italian Soundwall are also big fans. Someone able to make music that is as deep and obscure as it is fluid and rhythmic, Neel also performs in three different ways in clubs around the world: as a DJ, live specialist and in collaboration as Voices from the Lake.
Although recently his studio time has taken up much of his life, as a DJ he is increasingly respected for his seductive, cerebral techno sets around the world, but is also loved for his mesmerising AV shows with the help of a mysterious visual artist, Yko, and his own modular synth system. These mind and body altering shows have taken place at Mutek and Berlin Atonal and make the fascinating story of Phobos really come alive before your very eyes, whilst his Voices From the Lake shows - and the recorded material he releases as part of that essential duo with fellow Italian Donato Dozzy - are just as masterfully crafted.
Neel, then, is a true modern day techno craftsman who can do surreal and unusual things with sound in truly unique ways. This will be confirmed once again in 2015 when he steps up with new releases on Bunker NY and Spectrum Spools.