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Sonica Jonica EP

by My Friend Dario

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Marittimo 05:10
Old But Gold 05:24


My Friend Dario is back on his home label Hell Yeah with a new EP that continues his journey through Balearic beats. Sonica Jonica is an homage to the Mar Jonio coast on the Ionian sea and will appeal to fans of his NuNorthern Soul release last year.

The title track opens up with looping synths rising up from below in dramatic fashion. They're filled with tension as the chugging drums and fat bass roll on and after a break in the heaviness, the dark disco groove returns again. 'Marittimo' then cuts loose on jazzy chords with tumbling toms, percussion, shakers and marimbas all bringing a sunny open-air sound.
'Old But Gold' is perfect dance floor disco bliss with its leggy drums and splashy hits run through with curious and colourful synth sounds. Last of all, 'Acid Mosquito In Summer Night' mixes up 60s psyche, dark funk, freaky disco and expect percussion into an ever-evolving workout that sounds like little else.

With this first fresh EP, My Friend Dario has served up some perfect grooves for summer.

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Support by Sean Johnston (ALFOS), Bill Brewster, Pete Gooding (Worldwide FM), Leo Mas, Phil Cooper, Mike Salta, Cottam, Tangram DJs, Buena Onda Crew, Feel Fly, Massimiliano Pagliara, La Guardia De La Luz, Grant Williams (Eclectics), Steve Optix, DJ Rocca, Ed Mahon, Eddie C, Mikey Sibson (45Turns)...

BILL BREWSTER - Acid Mosquito is great!!!!

MIKE SALTA - My Friend Dario keeps impressing, this time embracing a sounbdsphere even wider than I had hear him previously.
From hypnotic belter, to a - to me wicked by awesome - blend of 70’s San Fransisco car chase tv series, with early 90’s RS Techno (Source / Robert Leiner)... This is brave and a unique release to stand out from the rest…
Somehow, it leaves a feeling, of a guy who had the most amazing car for years, but all of a sudden, hammered the pedal to the floor because he finally felt comfortable with it…. Hmm, hope it makes sense.
It is truly great to see Dario feeling comfortable without caring about gerne and charts… All thumbs up and full support..

DJ NOVA - Balearic For you
My Friend Dario has continued to delve deeper into the Mediterranean extension of his Balearic Beat output and this time spend his time among Ionian Sea, the deeper side of the Mediterranean Sea... On the opening track ''Sonica Jonica'' a heavy disco (elaste) dimension is moving around wrapped arpeggios and cosmic stratosphere before landing to its aquatic and above the sea breakground like his live experiments next to Etna's strong palette. Next on ''Marittimo'' which is a slightly different affair, starting off with a Afro-latin percussive intro with an idyllic marimba suitable to it and offers an Afro cosmic Balearic vibe which meets Hell Yeah Recordings friendly label Jazz N Palms releases. The submersed sound-trek of ''Old But Gold'' is taking us on the another Hell Yeah Recordings disco party we are regulars. Afro, funky and bouncy with a hidden cinematic profile... The release is closing with ''Acid Mosquito In Summer Night'' that can be characterised as the most weirdo one. Hypnotic, experimental, funk and Africa oriented is like a part of an obsure Italian film soundtrack. They call it psyche and they know more... This time it was My Friend Dario's expect the unexpected, isn't?

45 TURNS - Transcendental - that piano solo in Marittimo.. the acid.. the whacked out electronics, the guitars, the bleeps and basslines - my favourite from MFD so far, love it!


released May 6, 2022

Written and produced by Dario Aiello aka My Friend Dario
Artwork by Matteo Pozzi


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My Friend Dario Catania, Italy

My Friend Dario serves up beats that come from tropical landscapes, guitars that break on the sand like foaming little waves and majestic synths that shine like the sun. This is the sonic vision of My Friend Dario, a new freestyle project by Catania's very own DJ and producer Dario Aiello and one whose rarefied sounds are designed for chilling out and heating up a dance floor! ... more

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