Boomkat Product Review:
Part of Opal Tapes' 3rd grip of spools, 'All Shades Of White' properly introduces the murky, off-techno worlds of a promising Portuguese producer. Sharing a moody, sensurreal and weed-addled aesthetic with the likes of Actress, Lukid, Legowelt or Huerco S, IVVVO's debut album presents a tangibly individual artistic vision thanks to his shuffling, swinging rhythmic kinks and minor key melodic touches, naturally mixing a certain Pan-Atlantic/Latin sensibility with strains of melancholic psychedelia perhaps more inherent to post-rave UK styles. There are similarities to his freeform, unfurling arrangements with fellow countrymen Photonz, but the mottled and deglazed finish sometimes has more in common with Lee Gamble's 'Dutch Tvashtar Plumes', had it been recorded to tape, while at other times his grainy, sepia-tinted pastoralism hints at classic BoC in much the same manner as Opal Tapes other great discovery, 1991. Ultimately, it's a highly involving and enjoyable listen, perfectly suited to the tape format's enforcing limitations: crack this on your walkman or car stereo and you're in for a proper journey!