LA-based PILO has represented the city's techno-driven warehouse scene for #BNR since 2013, and his penchant for savvy production and experimentation has only grown since. With the "Return the World" EP, PILO looks towards the turn-of-the-millenium sounds of Berlin and Detroit, bringing the expansive palette and bold dancefloors of the era into focus while impressing with a rich command of sonics and novel techniques.
Opener "Everybody" is a big tune, a future-ready interpretation of the 00's Gigolo Records sound where vocoders are played like electric guitars. At a speedy 137 bpm, the breaks, uniquely infectious lead, and massive build-up make "Everybody" a peak hour standby for any crate. "I Forgot Your Name" feels slower despite clocking in at 136, and with a surreal mix of sample, synth, voice, musicality and atmosphere, the track constructs a cinematic universe of straight-faced electroclash. "Feel 307" brings in fellow BNR artist BASECK for a collaborative electro jam, with its acid foundation supporting a masterful stereo spread architecture. Title track "Return the World" sketches something unexpected and intriguing, low and slow, where the organic and synthetic become indistinguishable. Split hemispheres of distortion and texture create a fully immersive experience that frames the subtle polyrhythmic percussion and ethereal vocal chops. It's a controversial allegation to make, but PILO may have created the first and only example of industrial deep house.
The clarity of the concepts at the center of each track on "Return the World" make the record an intellectually stimulating listen, but the fact the record accomplishes its cerebral aspirations without sacrificing any of its club-readyness signals a new level unlocked for PILO. The tracks are head nodding, ass shaking, foot stomping and - at peak moments - jaw dropping. Move your body, expand your mind.
1. Pilo - Everybody 2. Pilo - I Forgot Your Name 3. Pilo & Baseck - Feel 307 4. Pilo - Return The World
November 11, 2022