Boomkat Product Review:
Lutto Lento realises his Dark Secret World with a playfully trippy collage of frayed styles, textures and themes in his debut album for Where To Now?, exchanging the more frivolous, party-ready palette of earlier releases for a crankier set of sawn off but deftly arranged drums and patchworked samples.
At the risk of sounding UK-centric, we’re definitely picking up an eldritch aesthetic from Dark Secret World that recalls the work of Shackleton and Moon Wiring Club in its strange mosaic of gurning and kerned rhythms and suggestive gestures, but then again, maybe they all share some roots in a pan-Euorpean subterranean syncretism?
“Where To Now cordially invite you into Lutto Lento's 'Dark Secret World'. After a string of releases on labels such as FTD, Proto Sites, DUNNO Recordings and ourselves, we now find Polish artist Lubomir Grzelak ready to present a fully realised, full-length distillation of his distinctly exuberant and unique electronic narratives.
'Dark Secret World' takes it's cues from a ridiculously diverse palette of influences... from Dancehall, Jungle, and American Sacred Hymns to more abstract influences such as Goosebumps, Caribbean magic beliefs, Rudolf Steiner, and Disney's 'The Godess of Spring'. Upon initial digestion of these influences your initial reaction is probably that this is an amalgamation of voices which appear too diverse to entwine, but for those who know Lutto's work will also know that it's exactly this psychedelic and wild stirring pot of source material partnered with Lubomir's precise percussive and improvised sample led persuasions that make him stand out as a unique and flourishing figure in electronic music.
'Dark Secret World' is certainly a mystical trip, with Lubomir conversing with and pooling from a sampled palette that is ultimately a deep, personal, dark and twisted tale of horror and intrigue, melding this gambit with his signature air of light & wildly percussive beat led playfulness has allowed him to create something wholly other. 'Dark Secret World' stands as an expertly and clearly painstakingly crafted 43 minute movement through ethereal & fantastical unfamiliar realms to sudden sweeps of the totally familiar where rewinds, heavy breaks, bass waves, whistles, airhorns, sirens, etc weave together to form an album which is both extremely odd yet totally cohesive and absorbing.”