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Seth Troxler’s Play It Say It label is rapidly becoming synonymous with bruisingly no-nonsense house, having released great 12″s from the likes of Steve Lawler, Butch, and the Mekanism. Seth’s decided to step away from the barbecue for a bit and focused his energy on signing new talent to his imprint, as a result, step forward Florentine producer Leonardo Gonnelli.

Gonnelli’s already released on the likes of Dirtybird, Suara, and Defected, so it’s not that odd that he’s popped up on one of contemporary clubbing’s up and coming labels. His hot off the presses “Tonda” 12″ is an acid-tinged whirl round the perimeters of one of those big rooms us dance music writers like to talk about so much.

We’re bringing you the world exclusive listen to it right here. Yes, you read that right. You can hear it right now. Right here. Right here, right now. We also had a quick chat with Leonardo, and you can read that while you listen to “Tonda” if you so wish.

THUMP: Tell us how you hooked up with Seth and the Play It Say It gang?
Leonardo: I’m really glad to be on Play It Say It, Seth is an amazing artist and a great person, so I’m feeling honored to work with him and his label. I remember about one year ago or so I sent to Seth a message to say him “thanks for supporting my track “Soledad.”” Seth answered and said that it was definitely one of his favourites of that summer. So from there I decided to send him something I’d been working on and he said he wanted to release it on Play It Say It. I want to say thanks again to Seth for believing in my projects!

How was 2015 for you? What was your favourite non musical moment?
2015 was a transition year, I focused on hot projects and collaborations that are coming out on this 2016 .. I’m really proud of them! Mmm.. my favourite non musical moment? I travel a lot and i have a lot of good friends. I can’t ask for more. Every day is a great and favourite day for me!

What do you want for Christmas this year?
want to play back to back with Santa Claus!

Tonada is out now on Play It Say It

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Leonardo Gonnelli #TONADA on Seth Troxler’s #PlayItSayIt label !

Seth Troxler offers up the next installment in a lauded series of 12’s on his no nonsense, club-focused imprint Play It Say It. With previous releases coming from Butch, The Mekanism and Steve Lawler, next in line is a new addition to the roster: Leonardo Gonnelli. Based in Florence, Leonardo Gonnelli has recently release on Defected and has also on Dirtybird, Snatch Off, Suara and Deeperfect. Throughout, the Italian native has consistently pedalled a sound heavily indebted to 90’s Acid House and Detroit Techno and it’s this in conjunction with a sound understanding of how to work a dancefloor that aligns him perfectly with the ethos of Play It Say It. ‘Tonada’ is a rich, hypnotic dance floor track propelled by clever sequencing that has it twisting and turning throughout. Arresting Spanish vocal passages punctuate progress while a circling sequence tumbles through the mix. The Dub version then omits the vocals in favour of distant whispers and caps off another solid addition to the Play It Say It series.

#Abisinia is OUT NOW, Leonardo Gonnelli’s second collaboration along with Chus&Ceballos after their succesfull previous single Soledad!

The imminent arrival of Chus & Ceballos debut album called ‘Nómadas’ in September 2015 brings a serie of previous singles gems, like the one we are presenting to you right now Abisinia feat. GiGi, second collaboration along with Italian producer Leonardo Gonnelli after their succesfull previous single Soledad. Abisinia takes its cues from the African region where GiGi was born, Ethiopia peninsula and is the basis of the musical journey imprinted in the forthcoming album of Chus & Ceballos. Hypnotic synth sequences and soaring ethnic vocals that transport your mind into this musical trip. Yet it retains a clear modern sensibility, the quality of this production wont let you indifferent and will inject a nomadic mode in your veins. Chus & Ceballos have reached his musical maturity, they are back to their roots and Nomadas is the result of many years exploring new sounds, blending and carrying them all on their baggage. Abisinia includes a master piece cut from one of the most outstanding Spanish talents, UNER, DJ and producer but also an excelent musician which imprints its full potential in a superbly sensory and emotional work.



Leonardo Gonnelli ranked #48 on Traxsource Top100 TechHouse Artists Of 2014!

Traxsource (Underground Music Store) released the official Top100 TechHouse Artists Of 2014, Leonardo Gonnelli is ranked this year #48.. Thanks everyone for the amazing support!



Review on DJMAG (France)

Nice review on DJMAG (Fr) for the first remix of 2014 that will be out on Popof’s label FORM MUSIC (Release date February 3rd)





Clarity‘ est un maxi techno produit par l’Espagnol DJ Raid et le jeune Colombien DJ Fronter. Les 3 titres de cet EP sont innovants au niveau de leur musicalité et de leur créativité.

The Sun‘ avec sa basse hypnotique bien grasse, ou bien ‘Clarity’ avec une construction qui ne laisse pas indifférent. Les sonorités de synthés assez funky, très peu utilisées dans ce style de musique, apportent une réelle fraîcheur au morceau.

Les remixes de ‘The Sun’ par Leonardo Gonnelli et de ‘Clarity par Citizen Kain sont dans la lignée de cet EP très bien produit, ils apportent une touche plus dark et un peu plus underground, ce qui n’est pas pour nous déplaire. En conclusion, voici un maxi original et captivant.