Your Ticket to… Italian Global Sounds (By Go Dugong)

Giulio Fonseca aka Go Dugong is one of those artists that we’ve been following closely in the past years. As one of the first producers in Italy to experiment with the melding of electronic music with global sounds, but also nightlife agitator with the now-legendary, borderless and cheerful party Balera Favela in Milan, he is quite representative of a movement that in recent years has seen many other Italian artists embark in the exploration of traditional sounds from all over the world looking for new ways to push them forward in a more contemporary form. Some of these artists have recently joined forces in Distance Will Not Divide Us – a special compilation released back in March to raise funds for the Spallanzani Hospital in Rome, as the CoViD-19 outbreak overwhelmed Italy. As Giulio himself mentions, it can’t be properly considered a scene, but still the examples are so varied and the outcomes are so vibrant that in a way or another it does feel like a joyous, eclectic, daring ensemble that is worth mentioning in all its wholesomeness.

In Giulio’s words: “I prepared this playlist for Rhythm Passport with the goal of gathering together all those Italian projects that, in one way or another, have embraced the contamination with sounds coming from across the globe. It’s a rather extended list since it’s not representing simply one genre but it includes all its various tones, each of them able to take on a life of its own.

Starting from the indistinguishable sound of Clap! Clap! and Khalab and landing to the cumbia of Viva Viva Malagiunta and Cacao Mental (respectively guided by the knowledge of Argentinian and Peruvian members), to Paolo Baldini‘s own take on dub and further diving into those who, throughout their career, took inspiration from musical traditions from the world for a short period of time (i.e. GodblesscomputersRibongia and in some way also Capibara) to later evolve their sound aesthetic towards other directions – And last but not least, those who are dedicating their research on “typically Italian” sounds like me (Lama revisits the very Italian pizzica). There isn’t a specific cohesion between the many artists included in this playlist and therefore it can’t be considered representative of a macro-scene. Nevertheless I believe it gives a rather multicoloured overview, a sonic voyage starting from our peninsula to reach different continents, mixing and inspiring itself with the goal of creating new admixtures and in many cases giving life to incredibly unique sounds“.

(Giulio FonsecaGo Dugong)

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