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REVIEW: Giuseppe Ottaviani - Countdown (OnAir Mix) out on Black Hole recordings

Giuseppe Ottaviani’s ‘Alma’ album brought out many a new production angle (as well as some previously hidden depths) to the Italian’s studio work. Crucially though, it never left the floor wanting – something no better illustrated than through ‘Countdown’s relentless energy. 

Six months on from his third, widely praised longplayer, Giuseppe’s zeroed back in on ‘Countdown’, giving it arguably his most unforgettable (but certainly most blistering!) OnAir uptick to date. 

Fierce of tempo, broodily intense of tone, his rebuild begins precisely as it means to continue. 303-bred LFO stalks the kind of drums that resonate far beyond darkest corners of the club. Coiling its atmosphere tighter, pre-drop, the pitch wheel flies; distortion frays and ‘Countdown’ vents industrious levels of FX hiss. 

In the break, Giuseppe eases back on the tension just a touch, neatly playing it off against analogue synths, top end chime and a mainline that – deliriously - will circle your brain for hours. 

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Dimitri Kechagias review:
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 [item value="10"]Beat and Rhythm[/item]
 [item value="10"]Basslines and Groove[/item]
 [item value="10"] Melody [/item]
 [item value="10"] Synths [/item]
 [item value="10"]Breakdown[/item]
 [item value="10"]Climax  / Drop / Crescendo / Pay off moment[/item]
 [item value="10"]Intensity, Drive and Energy[/item]
 [item value="10"]Sound-design and Arrangement[/item]
 [item value="10"]Overall Atmosphere[/item]
 [item value="10"]Goosebumps / Shivers moments[/item]
 [item value="10"]Emotional affinity and heartfelt moments[/item]
 [item value="10"]Originality and Inventiveness[/item]
 [item value="10"]Dancefloor Efficiency / Festival Arenas Effectiveness[/item]
 [item value="10"]Radio Friendly[/item]
 [item value="10"]You can’t get this memorable track out of your head[/item]
 [item value="10"]It has potential to become an anthem or a classic[/item]
 [item value="10"]Giuseppe Ottaviani - Countdown (OnAir Mix) [/item]
 [content title="Summary" label="Overall Score"]Giuseppe Ottaviani is one of the busiest trance producers who has the great privilege to perform in the biggest clubs and festivals, alone or coupled with Rich 'Solarstone' as PureNRG. Countdown (OnAir Mix) is a powerful energetic highly motivating trancer that will go down really well on any uplifting trance set. It combines elements of psy tech trance with Giuseppe's melodic touches. The first part is quite banging and aggressive while the breakdown is dominated from the rave synthy hooks. The climax goes full on uplifting with added melancholic piano melodies, rave style booming  synthy themes and superb harmonic arrangement. Quality always wins and Giuseppe always raise the standards higher. His OnAir mix on Countdown is #PureGold. Love It   [/content]

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