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Gui Boratto “The Drill” (Kompakt Records)

Brazilian former architect and Top 40 music producer Gui Boratto can't get enough of dark yet lovely '80s new romantic bands like Depeche Mode, New Order and The Smiths. Boratto's celebrated 2007 debut album Chromophobia (on stalwart German minimalist label Kompakt) drips with stealthy progressive techno filtered through a pristine pop sensibility. His frothy, Balearic 2009 follow up Take My Breath Way, fares worse, failing in its titular quest, underwhelming where its predecessor inspired swooning. In late September 2011 Boratto drops his Kompakt comeback, III. By the sounds of the two tracks pulled for the first 12" EP, The Drill, Boratto's returned to a darker form more in line with industrial paranoiacs like Coil or Renegade Soundwave.


The Drill EP, out July 25th, features the eponymous single on the A-side and "Stems from Hell" on the flip side. Winking at the electro-punk classic of the same name by '80s art rock provocateurs Wire, "The Drill" sounds like a garbled transmission from a planet in distress, beaming its distorted signals across a throbbing bassline at an incessant almost desperate tempo. The B-side, "Stems From Hell" comes on like a rock-steady jingle crowd-sourced by Satan. Dense, stabbing synths and a rumbling, cavernous bass loop and whirl around themselves as random pings, clicks and clangs ricochet about. It delays its harmonic liftoff for almost two minutes before throttling into a warp space where no one can hear you scream. Fortunately, this black hole is where Boratto creates some of his most sublime and radiant techno.

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