Danny Benedettini returns to Items & Things following his much-lauded “Tell Me Quietly” EP, appearing here with his second solo effort for the label, “Sweet Lies”. A child of punk and cult horror film iconography, the Italian born Benedettini continues to hone his unique take on disco- charred techno experimentation, as demonstrated on both “Tell Me Quietly”, and through his two contributions to Items & Thingsʼ 2012 compilation, “Variables”.
In true Items & Things fashion, the four tracks on Sweet Lies could easily be have been transported directly from late 70s Italy or early 90s Detroit. Their evocative themes explore the contrasting worlds in which both Goblin and James Stinson loiter. From the broken arpeggiated electro jerks of “Where Have You Been?” through the acid-infected lo-fi echoes of “Rocker” and brisk bassline waves that cut through the mix on “Moi Moi”, the haunting melodies of “Sweet Lies” promise to linger in the minds of listeners long after the end of the club experience. Like the three cuts that precede it, “Old Buttons” both besets and controls, its infectious sub-bass diving deep into the fissures of human control.
Appearing as a digital exclusive, bonus track “Trash Lovers” acts at the ideal finishing point, its jacking groove and ghostly vocal being both as saccharine and rhythmically deceptive as the EPʼs title suggests.