Angelo Ioakimoglu: The Nireus Years
Being a reasonable portion into the year now, we can comfortably start bandying around horrible cliche’s like ‘album of the year contender’. With my head held in shame for using that dastardly cliche, I present one to you now, Angelo Ioakimoglu’s ‘The Nireus Years’. A truly magnificent composition in its own right, the record comes with an intriguing twist. The tracks from the album are sourced from Ioakimoglu’s teenage years, when he was just a 16 year old Greek boy living in Athens.
Growing up in Athens in his Fathers electronic lab, Angelo soon found a burning interest in electronic music equipment. He allegedly practiced the piano fastidiously in his youth and was exposed to dance music by his Uncle, who fortuitously was a professional DJ. In the EP itself we’re exposed to 8 home produced recordings from 1995-97, relics from a Greek electronic scene which never found much significant footing but luckily has found its way to wax and streaming services now. The music itself is astonishingly complex and nuanced for the handiwork of a 16 year old boy. It is delicate, smooth and intelligent beyond its years, there are no indicators of drab ageing which would indicate this is a production from the late 90’s. In terms of fusing genre’s, the music takes notes from ambient productions, with warm midi experimentation, what would have been at the time ‘new age’. Graceful R&B and elegant jazz and piano influences find their way in to make truly breathtaking music, with multiple layers it manages to retain a beautiful simplicity. Recommend a close eyed listening experience for a magical journey.
The Nireus Years is the latest pressing from the fantastic ‘Into the Light’ label from Greece, where lost recordings are brought back into the world. There are still a few copies loitering around on Phonica - be quick.