Boomkat Product Review:
Natural Sciences let the chain off a series of gnashing rhythms by Honduran-American producer Dalibor Cruz - a big tip for fans of Low Jack, Muslimgauze, Kelman Duran, Nazar
Hailing from Chicago and acutely cognizant of his Honduran roots, Dalibor Cruz has been finessing a blend of raw, grimy electronics and restless polyrhythms via his BloodLine Recordings over the past 12 months. He now serves his first international release via Manchester’s ace, explorative label Natural Sciences, playing hard into their roving punkish tastes with eight tracks that land squarely between Muslimgauze and Kelman Duran’s noisy, freehanded sampledelia, and the DJ-ready swag of Low Jack, but with a deep rudeness of his own.
Technically his 2nd album after a self-released CD in summer 2020, ‘Riddled With Absence’ speaks to the solo process of producing during lockdown, and communing with others via samples and ancient, Afro-rooted rhythms. It’s all fire from start to finish, whipping Merenegue, Salsa, Cumbia and Punta percussive styles into devilish tornados of drums and noise bound to ignite the best dancers.
From the reverse-spiralling helixes of ‘Debase’ to the jump-up noise of ‘Seen As Scum, thru whirring mechanics recalling Singeli and paso doble patterns in ‘Never Sort Yourself Out For Them’, to a sort of hyper Afro-Latinate footwork in ‘Rhythm Gore’, and the album’s glorious, air-stepping finale it’s abundantly evident this stuff is the epitome of forward tresillo tekkers.