Boomkat Product Review:
Serpente brings his possessed percussion and tronics to Alien Jams for two extended, reticulated trips into zones between DJ Python, Pekka Airaksinen, and Shackleton
By any measure Serpente’s is one of the most intriguing acts from Portugal right now, and proves so for London’s Alien Jams with ‘Irmãs’, pursuing the psychedelic muses of his drops for Ecstatic and Sucata Tapes with two of the project’s longest and psychoactive workouts for all the aerobic mystics currently practicing without a club to execute their rites in.
In the same way as DJ Python’s fluidly playthru album ‘Mas Amables’, Serpente’s latest is also unimpeded by borders, flowing out two 17min+ sides with a visionary grasp of syncopated, Afro-Latinate rhythm permutations and rhythmelodic patterning. ‘Da Clara’ gets into it with palpitating drums that gradually build into a sort of kitchen sink falling upstairs groove, with pitched and triggered samples splitting the difference between Dolo Percussiona and Pekka Airaksinen’s wigged-out jazz hieroglyphs. ‘Para Celeste’ follows with what sounds like talking drums sloshing all over the shop, hingeing around woodblocks and fizzing hi-hats in a remarkably lush, locked-in groove that feels like a rawer adjunct to Shackleton’s proggier vectors.