Our first premiere of the day comes from LA-based techno producer David Castellani as he returns to his Noetic imprint. We premiere the title track ‘Balloonatic’, a track that is tailored towards the LA warehouse rave scene as Castellani showcases growling trip through metallic grooves and snarling 303 lines.
The LA-based artist David Castellani has been a driving force in the development of his hometown’s techno scene in recent years, pushing the limits of his creativity and ultimately inspiring those around him. A producer and live act running his own imprint Noetic since 2021, he channels a love for modular synthesis into creating his own sequencer module the ‘Precision Disrupter’. Meanwhile, his background in graphic design and passion for rave culture sees him handle the designs for fledgling clothing company After Infinite.
David Castellani features on Noetic for his second EP of the year following his ‘Hyperstop’ EP which featured the legendary Ken Ishii on remix duties. David now looks to craft a new sound using a fresh batch of gear including the Perkons HD-01 by Erica Synths for percussion and the UDO Super 6 for pads, alongside his trusty Roland TB 303, honing in on the warmth of the analog sound.
The title track is a galloping synapse searer, as metallic drum lines and industrial rhythms build energy throughout. Tough drum hits and slinky percussion textures give ‘Balloonatic’ a particularly unique groove, while trusted 303 synths and thunderous sci-fi-inspired sounds make this a dynamic look into the LA-based artist’s studio experiments.
“For this release, I wanted to push the sound into a bigger, more driven space. Most of my music ends to lean into a headier, technical side, and though I wouldn’t call these tracks simple, I approached them with a more direct vibe in mind. My focus was on delivering a high-energy ride and pushing the listener to move on the floor.” – David Castellani