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Among the most beguiling projects from Portugal in recent years, Serpente snakes in a space adjacent to the Príncipe label with his brilliantly peculiar brand of rhythmelodic tekkerz on Discrepant’s Sucata series
More commonly found in long form over the five years since his 2018 debut, Serpente chases ace albums for Ecstatic and Discrepant’s family of labels with a succinct handful of twiss-ups that make no concession to his sound’s inventive oddness. Cuboid Afro-Latinate drum patterns push and pull against computer grids in each workout, serving versatile options for dancers and DJs who relish a freedom of rhythm over line-dancing function.
Hips and limbs are loosened up first with the insectoid stop/start scurry and tweaky synth discord of ‘Sangue de Cama’, nicely limbered up before being challenged to the angularities of ‘Em Falta’ with its intricate tessellation’s of conga, shakers, and curiously smeared flute. All the action is placed below-the-belt with the hiccupping clockwork meter of ‘Redentor Not I’ that gradually locks into a sloshing sort of batida, while he evens out the groove, but still leaves coiled drums pranging off at angles in ‘Se Move’, and tests out a type of tendon-pistoning 2-step like El-B and Dego jamming after an ayahuasca session in ‘Idos de Setembro’.