Two of the best Kompakt artists on a back-to-back single is a salivating prospect, and the results more than live up to expectations. This is so good that it’s hard to pick the better of the two sides. Both feature long tracks with complicated arrangements, and a hint of neo-trance just where it’s wanted, bringing a little excess and flamboyance to proceedings.
Brazilian Gui Boratto kicks off where his Chromophobia album finished off with ‘Matryoshka’, a track named after the Russian folk dolls hidden one inside the other. Taking his cue from the dolls perhaps, Boratto carefully decorates each successive passage with new variations of subtle percussion and spacious pulses. Each layer is a new realm of melody and texture to mine, but rather than get smaller like the dolls, these seem to grow bigger and deeper throughout the track. The result is some seriously pulsating pop techno that has you instantly where it wants you to be and then gives you some. Boratto is at his opulent best.
On the flip, Russian duo SCSI-9 continue to lift their own high bar, offering, like Boratto, a complicated and pulsating number riddled with progressive and disintegrating moments. Opening with an ambient drift, ‘Another Day Acid’ suddenly bursts into light, then slowly builds into an unconscious and yet quietly frenetic track. Chiming and reflective, it is tinged with just enough darkness, as is always the case with SCSI-9. Together, these two tracks are arguably the perfect Kompakt sound of now.
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Tracklist: Gui Boratto / SCSI-9 - Speicher 55A Gui Boratto - Matryoshka
B SCSI-9 - Another Day Acid