RECORD OF THE WEEK: Ichisan - Aperitiv [Bordello A Parigi]

Dutch label - Bordello a Parigi - known for their focus on vintage electronic music styles, present us with the forthcoming debut album of Slovenian production wizard Ichisan, set for release on the 30th of January. The eleven track LP entitled Aperitiv infuses elements of funk and jazz to bring a range of sounds including italo, house, acid, disco and cosmic. 

Originally a photographer in the 90’s, Igor Skafar’s relationship with music became stronger through playing the guitar in a number of bands. This subsequently developed into a passion for the new wave of disco music that was sweeping across Europe at the time.  Producing under the alias Ichisan,  Igor released his first solo international 12” in 2008 on London’s Airtight Recordings. ‘Global Pillage’ and ‘Tips and Tricks’ were met with an enthusiastic reception receiving praise from names such as Bjorn Torske, Pete Herbert and Prins Thomas. Since then Ichisan has moved from strength to strength releasing EP’s and one track wonders through a number of labels; Eskimo Recordings, Paper Recordings, Cosmic Pint Glass and Catune Records to name a few. 

The albums opening track, suitably named ‘Aperitiv’, sets the mood for the proceeding journey of the warm Eastern European influenced sounds that Ichisan is eager to take the listener on. However, this tune is in absolutely no rush, a plodding baseline takes the lower end, nicely seasoned with lazy synths and dressed with airy guitar chords and melodies on top, creating a uplifting yet tranquil mood to the song. If ‘Aperitiv’ is anything to go by, the rest of the album is one to get excited about. Available to pre-order on the Bordello a Parigi website.


Words by Alex