Boomkat Product Review:
Next level 30 minute session of ritualistic percussion jams from blessed percussionists João Pais Filipe and Valentina Magaletti, alongside producer Leon Marks. Two trance-invoking, long-form time melters that wouldn't be out of place in one of Offen Music boss Vladimir Ivkovic's notoriously heady mid-morning DJ sets. Fans of Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force, Nihiloxica, This Heat, Donato Dozzy, Beatrice Dillon or Muslimgauze don't wanna miss this one.
Swiftly following the "Luxury Variations" EP on Trilogy Tapes comes "Communicator", a weighty celebration of the kick drum's energetic, repetitive motion. The album expands the dubwise short-form sonics of its predecessor, allowing its two tracks to build slowly, zeroing in on almost imperceptible rhythmic shifts. Both tracks hover around a danceable central rhythm, with each percussionist skillfully tripping and stepping around each beat with the grace of ballet dancers performing a lavish, complicated routine.
Aside from drums, there's only gaseous traces of any other instrumentation; occasionally a synthesizer burbles from an adjacent floatation tank before swirling into the next dimension. It's like This Heat's paradigm-shifting avant post-punk, Miles Davis's "On The Corner"-era repetitive funk hypnosis or Donato Dozzy's sparse, groove-heavy progressive techno world-building, but stripped to its bare essentials. There's nothing out of place here, no needless frills and no pointless posturing: "Communicator" is drum music for heads.