Steve Pepe - 2020
Another Italian born release on Macadam Mambo courtesy of Steve Pepe (real name Manuel Cascone), a sometime Hivern Discs contributor whose roots lie in Rome’s new wave and abstract electronica scenes. His debut album '2020' naturally draws on these influences while also doffing a cap towards 1970s German electronica, African drum music, post-punk, dubbed-out soundscapes, lo-fi proto-techno, ambient, Balearica and all points in between. It’s variously trippy, otherworldly, picturesque, slow burning, intoxicating and very, very good. As debut albums go, it’s very special indeed... Highly recommended!