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FLOAT launches their new label with first signing Berlin-based artist Andrea Belfi. Titled Ore, the album places drums at the centre of a deep, hypnotic listening experience, where rhythm is combined with electronic textures and haunting sonic details.
Over the years Belfi has built a sound-world that artfully combines a modest drum set-up with an equally concise electronics component. He has searched long to produce and refine the acoustic timbres of his music, but has now reached a certain point of fulfilment, courtesy of his Saari drum-kit from Finland. Melded seamlessly with the acoustic elements is a Nord modular and sampler. On Ore, Belfi attains a masterful synthesis of these two sonic realms.
Belfi has gained a reputation for his energetic and charismatic performances, both as a solo musician and within numerous collaborations. 2016 saw him tour with Nonkeen, the German three-piece band headed by Nils Frahm. Belfi became an instant highlight at London’s Barbican Centre, lighting the stage with an impressive and explosive drum solo that became one of the most memorable moments from the evening.
"an inspired and beautifully realised exploration" - Wire Magazine
"electronic swirls that blur the edges" - Electronic Sound Magazine
Top 5 albums of 2017 selected by Mary Anne Hobbs
Top album of 2017 selected by Gilles Peterson
2017 Records of the year by Deluxe Magazine
Andrea Belfi video premiere via Self Titled
In Depth with Andrea Belfi via Drowned In Sound
Dead Light 'Sleeper' (Andrea Belfi Remix) via XLR8R
"really is glorious..." Mary Anne Hobbs, BBC6 Music
“a cult drama from italy…“ Gilles Peterson, BBC6 Music
In the Studio with Andrea Belfi via Headphone Commute
"thrilling and on-edge right from the off." - The Line Of Best Fit
Andrea Belfi in discussion about 'Ore' via The Wire Magazine
Piano Day highlights featuring Andrea Belfi via Worldwide FM
"A drummer whose work is both peaceful and wired" via Village Voice
"You have no concept of just how much a lone kettle drum can blow your mind until you’ve heard Andrea play one." - Mary Anne Hobbs via The Guardian