Stream: Dan Mela – I Don’t Know Why (Nothin’s Gonna Change) (What Ever Not)
Now, the vinyl release of this new Dan Mela record has been out for two weeks now, but with the digital recently dropping we thought it still would be worthwhile reviewing these stylish, left-field house productions from the producer born in Canada. Having been based in Italy for most of his life the man has been crafting tunes and DJing for almost two decades and has been a prominent figure in shaping the Italian jazz, soul funk and disco scene. Being a regular returner to labels such as Compost Records and a contributor to other music related projects such as Streetvibes, IFM and Manocalda AllStars, he has garnered praise from the likes of Laurent Garnier, Josh Wink and Ripperton. His newest release titled “I Don’t Know Why (Nothing’s Gonna Change)” is the inaugural first outing on his new label “What Ever Not’, co-ran by his good friend and fellow producer Dodi Palese. With a label statement saying 100% is put into all aspects of the product and special hand made-sleeves, it’s a wonderful start for two producers with such a broad and exciting background.
The EP consists of two original tracks and a “Padapella” version of title track “I Don’t Know Why (Nothing’s Gonna Change)”. Strictly aimed for a more warm-up based set or an after hours boogie, the title track sets the tone with bright piano chords and a bouncy bassline guiding the entrance to some gentle ’90s-esque vocals. Speeding things up slightly from 115 BPM to 120 BPM, the B-side “Dodgem (In San Sebastian)” follows suit on a similar tip, although embraces a punchier set of kicks and hats whilst dropping any form of vocals. Where the two tracks won’t necessarily turn any major heads, there’s no denying their infectious capabilities in creating an all round great vibe.
Stream: Dan Mela – Dodgem (In San Sebastian) (What Ever Not)