For Petre Inspirescu music has always been an adventure. Growing up after the Romanian revolution in a world bereft not just of the Internet, but information in general, the man born Radu Dumitru Bodiu had to search harder and longer than most to find the music that excited him. To see it live meant exciting trips to the capital, something later mirrored during his burgeoning DJ career when buying vinyl meant arduous 24-hour trips across borders to Budapest or Prague.
The result of such devotion is a true dedication to the art, one that was rewarded early on in the man’s production career with releases on Luciano’s then highly influential Cadenza imprint, as well as with vocal support from stylistic ally and tastemaker, Ricardo Villalobos. Loosely rooted in house but with minimalism coursing through its veins, Petre’s sounds have often come in conjunction with fellow Romanians Raresh and Rhadoo on the trio’s own A:rpia:r imprint: it’s fitting really, as their sound is so idiosyncratic that it deserves a platform all of its own. Similarly, that Petre has exclusively used his own unreleased productions for fabric 68 makes perfect sense.
Petre’s recent and newfound love and appreciation of classical music permeates the deep structures and rhythms of fabric 68. Everything about the music that makes up the mix is long and liquid, silky and sinewy, with myriad different bass, instrumental and percussive threads wobbling and scurrying their way along. Each track tells a story or depicts a cinematic scene, be it the deft sound designs and slowly emerging grooves of opener “Lumiere”, the way candle lit pianos on “Anima” melt into the dark underlapping rhythms of the mysterious “Chosen” or the more nervy and unsettling moments of “Flurimba” where sweet but somehow desolate strings hang in the air above tumultuous kicks and synthetic sparks to mesmerising effect.
It’s an intricate trip, where frazzled synthesized sounds warp and weave themselves around more organic elements: hi hats seem to shimmer across the face of tracks then recede behind a film noir style string or a drifting, half remembered gypsy melody. A genuinely unique statement that lays out a complex yet compulsive vision of house music, fabric 68 confirms that Petre Inspirescu is in a class of one.
01. Petre Inspirescu – Lumiere
02. Petre Inspirescu – Chestii Socoteli
Petre Inspirescu – In Miriste
04. Petre Inspirescu – La Cuba
05. Petre Inspirescu – Anima
06. Petre Inspirescu – Chosen
07. Petre Inspirescu – Seara-n Crang
08. Petre Inspirescu – FH Dub
09. Petre Inspirescu – Flurimba
10. Petre Inspirescu – Basso Ostinato
11. Petre Inspirescu – Vastu’ Da Gama
12. Petre Inspirescu – Dansul Libelulei
13. Petre Inspirescu – Je T’aime Lori
14. Petre Inspirescu – Murgul
15. Bodiu Radu Dumitru – Piano Preludes
Release Date: 1st March