Lorenzo Senni returns with a new album on Warp Records. Nearly 4 years since his well-acclaimed Persona EP, the Milan-based multi-disciplinary artist, makes his first move with the momentous single Discipline of Enthusiasm. In keeping with his distinctive pointillistic style and no drum beat etiquette, this is the next part in Sennis process, accelerating and expanding his idea of Rave Voyeurism. Across the eight tracks of Scacco Matto, Senni demonstrates once more that his maximalist style can be deployed to summon both club heft and depth of feeling. Rather than utilising a wide array of instrumentation, Senni selects his sounds carefully in a manner not dissimilar to early Sophie singles like Bipp. Despite not using drum machines Senni is still able to whip up rhythmic frenzies on cuts like The Power Of Failing and XBreakingEdgeX. The latter is one of several track-titles here which shows off Sennis humorous side (see also Wasting Time Writing Lorenzo Senni Songs). This playfulness also translates into the music at times, with Move in Silence (Only Speak When Its Time to Say Checkmate) full of the zippy synth runs one finds in Murlo tracks.
The grandiose builds that underpinned XAllegroX and The Shape Of Trance To Come resurface here too. Dance Tonight Revolution Tomorrow Appears particularly indebted to those tracks, its powerful chords swelling across seven-and-a-half minutes to summon up huge emotion in the listener. There is also great punch to Scacco Matto opener Discipline Of Enthusiasm.
Lorenzo Senni, trances premier deconstructionist, debuts on Warp with Scacco Matto, his first LP in six years.