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Rimorso

by Mai Mai Mai

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ערפל Groundbreaking blend of dark synth sounds, industrial percussion and mesmerizing vocals. Completely unique and few miles deep. Thank You! Favorite track: Musica Nova (feat. Nziria).
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viridianghost feel like i've been searching my entire life for a song like this and i've finally found it. insane vocals and excellent production <3 Favorite track: Sind (Rework) feat. Faraualla & Ars Ludi.
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Kush Arora Mai Mai Mai has carved their own sound like no other. What's unique is how original it sounds, but the dots connect on all levels as reference points. One of the most remarkable displays of understanding as a producer one's true nature and influences, and approaching them in the best way possible. It's a landmark as far as how to touch upon establish styles from across the industrial, tribal, and regional sounds and be completely original. I absolutely love it.
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Christian Bishop Mai Mai Mai has undoubtedly created such a unique and rich sound. A sound that continues to shift, transform and expand but still remain deeply rooted in their distinct style. The collaborative cross disciplinary experimentation on Rimorso is inspiring. Favorite track: Sind (Rework) feat. Faraualla & Ars Ludi.
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McNapkin Mai Mai Mai is, in the opinion of this reporter, one of the most exciting artists operating today. Favorite track: Secondo Coro delle Lavandaie (feat. Maria Violenza).
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about

Repossessed by the past, bitten once again and forced to relive drama, history, memories, tradition and roots. A past that needs exorcizing, bending and re-imagining in order to move forward and depend on. This is ‘Rimorso’, Mai Mai Mai’s colossal mediterranean gothic album.

Known for his incredible blend of Southern Italian Folklore, industrial drone, proto-techno & punishing miasmic electronic music, Toni Cutrone aka Mai Mai Mai approached ‘Rimorso’ with a clean slate. Following ‘Nel Sud’ (La Tempesta International, 2019) and his mediterranean trilogy ‘Theta’ (Boring Machines, 2013), ‘Δέλτα’ (Delta) (Yerevan Tapes, 2014) and ‘Φ’ (Phi) (Not Not Fun Records / Boring Machines, 2017) the Roma based noise artist recreated his spirits of the past by collaborating with musicians and ethnomusicologists that work on the present, on traditions that are still passed on and morphing continuously, healing our nostalgia for a lost future. ‘Rimorso’ sheds the past heavy use of samples and sound manipulation in lieu of a human element: voices, percussion, lap steel guitar all embedded in a rich cultural heritage.

From ‘Fimmene Fimmene’, a recontextualized protest chant of female tobacco workers in Salento, sung majestically by Nidi d’Arac prodigy Vera Di Lecce, to ‘Nostalgia’ where Beirut born Youmna Saba literally soars over a futuristic Arabic melodrama on the verge of ascension, ‘Rimorso’ is an album that treads black waters, were phantoms dance ceremonially, tip-toeing around the heart. ‘Sind’ revisits one of Faraualla’s (Puglia female quartet known for their repertoire of a cappella vocal polyphonies) pieces with techno outsider Cosimo Damiano and the vital percussion of the Ars Ludi ensemble; ‘Mediterranean Gothic’ sees Mike Cooper’s tropical exotica plunge into the abyss, witch hymns under a black sun rising; ‘Musica Nova’ loosely based on Musicanova’s ‘Pizzica Minore’, features Nziria’s neomelodic stratifications (Tullia Benedicta) hovering on a slow thump chopper, a pulsating techno serenade; led by the visceral voice of Maria Violenza ‘Secondo Coro delle Lavandaie’, an obscure gem of Italian folk music, mixes hypnotic voodoo drumming and an enchanting choir filtered through a Southern Gothic lens; album closer ‘Antiche Memorie’ is heightened by maestro and longtime Battiato collaborator Lino Capra Vaccina (vibraphone, gong, percussion), purveyor of cosmic sheen and placid elegance.

‘Rimorso’ is Mai Mai Mai’s new ritual, turning absence into presence, dismissing nostalgia for consummation, an immersion into the temporal disjunction we are experiencing through the essence of human fabric.


‘Cutrone deserves admiration for how much he crams into such a short space of time, preventing the listener from ever locking the record into the straightjackets of genre and influence’ The Quietus

‘Mai Mai Mai trades in energising blasts of biomechanical synth noise which snarl and throb like a demonically possessed star cruiser’ ​
The Wire

‘​Diggin this f-cked, weirded out, atonal mad shizzle from Rome’
Kevin Martin aka ​The Bug

‘​Mai Mai Ma​i records rich and challenging drone, ambient, and electronic music, which is often as elegant as it is abrasive’ Bandcamp Daily

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released May 20, 2022

‘Rimorso’ is released on Gatefold 2XLP/CD/Digital by Maple Death. Recorded by Mai Mai Mai at artist apartment, Hombrelobo Studio Roma, Rocchi Studio Roma. Mixed & Mastered by Matt Bordin at Inside Outside Studio. “Il Cattivo Rimorso - Il Futuro Perduto - Rimorso” feature recordings of a polifonic Arbëreshe Choir from Basilicata by Nicola Scaldaferri. Artwork by Legno.

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