March 24, 2006

Sistema - Parque De Atracciones

Sistema returns for another solid slab of wax on the Spanish tech-house label Factory City, unconsciously channeling the legendary Skam label by producing an A-side that works just as well at 33 as it does on 45, although I imagine the latter is the correct speed. That song crashes ping-ponging synths against one another, allowing them to coalesce into a heady climax of arpeggiated bliss. B-side “Darkness” features Rafid Noy on vocals and treads in the same sort of tension-building effects of its predecessor. These two tracks and the moody finale, “Moebius” all point towards the semi-undefinable Factor City sound, which seems to be a mix of the best portions of Italo and trance, cutting the unfortunate excesses of both to reveal an original sound all their own.

Factor City / 014
[Todd Burns]

May 26, 2005

Sistema - Colores En Cápsulas EP

After only appearing on the label for a remix of an early Vicknoise track, Sistema (aka Manel Ruiz Lens) emerges for his first proper release for Factor City. The four tracks contained within hew closely to the label’s trance-italo-house aesthetic. While none of the offerings here tend to knock you down, there is a level of quality present that’s very comforting for fans interested to see new face’s on the label. “Costa Azul” works moody synth pads against one another, crafting an extremely melodic and low-key rejoined to its ebullient partner on the A-side, “Magenta.” On the flip, “Blanco” turns to electro for its main inspiration, featuring a dizzying array of melodic patterns—the aural equivalent of a strobe light going on for much of its length, while the EP closer, “Black Session ‘94” revels in sonar pings and empty spaces.

Factor City / FC 011
[Todd Burns]