Boomkat Product Review:
Salvador Navarrete's second album is a production masterclass, taking his fun factory HD ravepop template and building out proper songs, with assists from Arca and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Glossier than car paint on an oil slick.
A few seconds into 'Effeminacy' and we've had mangled schoolyard vocals, hummable musicbox synth melodies, frazzled glitchy percussion, icy trap patterns and the kind of rolling 4/4 kicks you might expect to hear in Säule, far beneath the Berghain dancefloor. If that sounds chaotic, it should prepare you for Navarrete's sonic universe: the producer who's notched up credits for Zebra Katz, Oklou, Shygirl, Dorian Electra and Eartheater, among others.
Navarrete makes pop music that pulls liberally from dance music's vivid history: 'Angel On My Shoulder' is a liquid breaks burner that's like Baby D's 'Let Me Be Your Fantasy' after a detour at the PC Music HQ, 'Only Seeing God When I Come' is soaped emo 2-step, 'Luci' dribbles dembow with ketamine vocals and classical guitar, and Charlotte Gainsbourg-starrer 'Naturopathe' sounds like chilly coldwave lightened with a faint French touch.
It's the Arca collaboration where Navarrete's inclinations sound most well tempered; the two producers trade words back and forth, and a feathered Latin club throb pushes tearful harmonies into a swirling vortex of overdriven noise.