Boomkat Product Review
Dan Lopatin and Joel Ford's diverse but impressively unified A&R vision for their Software imprint this time takes them to Portugal, where they've really struck gold if you ask us. Tropic Macaca, the duo of Andre Abel and Joana de Conceicao, whose last album came out on Siltbreeze, peddle a rarified brand of scorched, pulsating psychedelia that's just completely captivating - Software invoke jap-rock cosmonauts the Taj Mahal Travellers, and it's a good reference point, but we could also legitimately mention Ekoplekz, Skaters, Thought Broadcast, Gareth Williams, Steve Beresford, Cabaret Voltaire, Decimus and Vibracathedral Orchestra in our attempt to pin down Tropic Macaca's whirling, wigged out but oddly disciplined, ritualistic sound. 'Balada Dos Que Ja Nascem Mortos' is one of the most compelling sides of refried head music we've heard all year, its repetitions and bizarrely catchy riffs expertly treading that fine line between chaos and coherence; on the B-side the similarly long-form (over 15 minutes) 'Ectoplasma' leans more heavily on the synths, coming over like the ultimate find from some 80s DIY/cold wave cassette compilation, but in fact too fucked-up and three-dimensional to be truly mistaken for anything of that vintage. Put simply, this record has really knocked us for six - check it out.