If one thing was apparent this year, it’s that the amount of effort going into reissues has never been higher. Take Dark Entries for example, who operated a relentless release schedule reissuing everything from much-loved favourites like Charlie’s Italo classic “Spacer Woman” to the more obscure coldwave sounds of Kirlian Camera’s Uno. RVNG Intl and Music From Memory took a different approach, releasing just a few retrospectives delving deep into the archives of underappreciated figure from electronic music’s history.
Chief among Donato Dozzy's most fabled records are the Aquaplano series he made with Nuel back in 2008, originally issued in limited quantities through Berlin’s Hard Wax store. While techno was looking to the ‘90s for inspiration again after several years of minimal rule, the Aquaplano records embraced a deeper, more psychedelic sound than either of those approaches.
Hearsay I-Land splits itself between outsider lounge ballads, oddball synth-pop and moments of experimental disco. The production itself is fairly unremarkable, but Young’s creaky, woozy imperfect vocals are swimming in character – if anyone made a track like “Go Away” today, it might be assumed that its combination of screeching saxophone, overly earnest vocal delivery and misty synths were some kind of self-aware parody. Hearsay I-Land was nothing of the sort.