Ion din Dorobanți is one of the many monikers of the ubiquitous producer Ion Dumitrescu from Bucharest. His 7” single on Pingipung reflects the influences of Middle-Eastern music on bass music in his hometown.
This release carries the Manele, Romania´s wedding music which has had a dominating influence on the country's contemporary pop styles for the past 30 years, towards new sonic realms. On the two tracks, he brings psychedelia and analog electro into the sphere of manele.
The first track presents a radical afro-electro rework of Alex Puștiu’s “Mi-e Poftă de Tine Rău” (I Crave For You Badly). Ion din Dorobanți’s original production on the flip side is a track pulsating on a 9/8 groove, infested with synth nostalgia. All is spiced up by Nicu Chinezu’s own clarinet.
Ion Dumitrescu is the co-initiator of the Future Nuggets label and its sub-label P-Balans. These two summer anthems are part of the ongoing series of 7” releases on Pingipung. Ya Tosiba, Sven Kacirek, Andi Otto and F.S. Blummbastic have recently released singles as part of the series.
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*photo credits: Sebastian Apostol