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ARTIST
TITLE
Tessa
FORMAT
CD

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DESOLAT 005CD DESOLAT 005CD
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RELEASE DATE
11/8/2011

This is the debut full-length album from tINI, an integral member of the Desolat family since 2009. Her album is named Tessa, after a music-loving friend who supported her transformation as a producer and DJ. It's not only islands that need to be travelled to: developing a sound is a true journey, and one's changing environments naturally play a role in that evolution. tINI, formerly of Munich, now resides in Berlin. Her version of house music is still representative of her electrifying, wired-up DJ sets, but there's a new spaciousness and urban gleam to these moods, filtered through the more laid-back, surreal atmospheres of the island of Ibiza, where the majority of the album was produced. Tessa kicks off with "Divided" as a statement of intent: this is no formulaic house music, but rather something personal and idiosyncratic. A contemplative mood sets the scene for gentle, off-kilter palpitations. "Blonde Galipette" settles into the groove, with plenty of delay on rhythmic elements as a robotic interpretation of lonely shipyard sounds, and a growing tide of bass. "Mine Has A Shower" is a wink to the adopted spaces and unlikely comrades of an island dedicated to music; while "All The Good Stuff" is a tongue-in-cheek salute, referencing the tales told to new friends in the deepest hours of the morning. Tracks such as "My Shine," "Canta La Testoasa" and "Maria, Louise And Bert" bolster the album with relaxed dancefloor vibes, while "Triptease" veers slightly closer to a boompty house pattern. "tINI Meets Jack - Medusa" brings an uplifting snap, "Monkey's Cave" simmers and "Fail Better" unspools some compelling minimal house vibes. Lastly, on "Someone Loves You," tINI's debut Ibiza season wraps to a close in a contemplative mood.