Herva is Herve Atsè Corti. The young Italian producer with an ear to the ground has released on Kontra Musik and Bosconi as part of analogue house duo Life’s Track, with influences drawn from everything spanning the deepest intensities of the Aphex Twin back catalogue to more accessible R&B, classic Soul and Hip Hop. In 2012 he served up the soulful House of solo LP ‘Meanwhile In Madland’ and between then and now he has honed his production skills to become a singular new force in contemporary electronic music.
Returning to Delsin after 2013’s ‘What I Feel’ EP, His latest outing is a twelve-track double EP titled ‘Instant Broadcast’. Dark, beautiful and highly unpredictable, this idiosyncratic record is refreshingly original and a breath of fresh air for the Dutch label.
After the record proved a favourite on the Hyponik stereo, we decided to recruit Herva to provide a song-by-song walkthrough for the release so we could find out more about the thought process behind it and the meanings of the individual tracks. Scroll on to find out more and to hear an exclusive stream of ‘No Way Out’ – one of the most melodic moments on the record…
And The Crunch Goes On
I love this journey from industrial scapes to freshness of filtered vocals, I guess it could be cool to use it as an intro for a DJ-set.
I suddenly loved the piano samples merged with the obsessive drum grooves, it’s punchy but not aggressive.
This came up after months of quietness and relaxing music. I was trying to make something to play in clubs, it has really simple dynamics, but its effective. Working on this one I spent almost all the time building up the bass line, until it sounded so full that I decided to keep the track just beat and bass, I think it could be a really tough track in a peak time DJ set.
This is my favourite track from the album, when I received the test press of the album I was so exited to physically have and hear it. For me it represents a certain mood and I always re-live it when I hear to this song. I don’t know why, when I listen to this track, I always have a green and brown image popping in my head.
Jingle Memo Jingle
This track hypnotizes me, It reminds me of my earlier material but worked in a new key, faster and punchier. Marco Antonio did an awesome master on this one, it sounds exactly how I pictured it, I can’t wait to play it out loud!
Spotlight (Music At Subway)
Peace and quietness all over the speakers, another favourite. I build it up by cutting up jam sessions – when I started working on this track, it was like it came up by itself. I was absorbed in the track that for almost two weeks, it was all that I could listen to.
No Way Out
When I was messing on this one, I found an old vocal sample which my father gave to me from his own collection. The sample was a recording of his “Il cavallo non lo so”, a story he wrote with his patients during his work as a music therapist in a clinic for mental disability. It was so dreamy and matched perfectly with the track’s mood. In English it sounds quite strange, the translated vocal says “The horse, I don’t know”.
I guess it’s my rawest track in this album, and definitely my favourite for a DJ set. It rolls around 140 bpm and the tape distorted groove sounds very powerful. I’m really happy with this one, especially knowing that it came up from old unused samples that I forgot I have.
I wanted to keep the track focused on the synth sound, in fact I’ve built everything behind it. When I opened the filter cut off, I was dancing like crazy, I was excited also because it was one of my first attempts with tapes.
It came up after an intense hardware jam, I edited it from a tape I recorded the day after Dukwa (the guy I work together with as Life’s Track) moved to Australia, we shared the studio for over a year and I was sad. We’re almost brothers so I let loose in this way.
It’s what I didn’t enjoy the past Summer. Florence is almost a death valley in August, I was here with no friends and I was breaking up with my ex-girlfriend. I needed a holiday so this track came up, I love that music lets you take a pause from your present.
It sounds like a hug, it’s the track for lovers. It’s a really relaxing piece of music, perfect for chilling on the sofa or while you’re driving.
Useless Stop Motion
Last one and another one of my album favourites, it’s a really simple track. For me the subliminal background makes all the track, I love the weird phone samples at the beginning. With this, I just feel like sitting down and taking it easy.
‘Instant Broadcast’ will be released on Delsin Records on September 8th. Pre-order it on vinyl & digital here.