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Portugal’s enigmatic downbeat entity Polido ushers the second of two corresponding suites of soundtrack cut-ups on Lisbon’s Holuzam after cropping up on vanguard labels Lynn and Bus in recent years
Following in the extra subtle style that left lingering vapours in our heads with 2017’s ‘Time Is When’ album, João Polido expands further on the soundtrack for ‘A Casa E Os Cães’ (‘Our Home With The Dogs’), a 2019 documentary by Madalena Fragoso and Margarida Meneses, with a more brooding counterpart to the first, using slow brittle beats and range of crisp, FM-styled, to murky electronics to smartly connote a dichotomous flipside to the breezy first part.
The feel is still oneiric, but more tinged with a slow burning febrility and furtive atmosphere, with some dead smart drum programming in the likes of his Hassellian drill bit, ‘Fuzil’ and woozily screwed nugget ‘A Fonte’, plus a dembow-type mutation sure to appeal to DJ Python nuts in ‘Rescaldo.’ He’s also joined by additional players on the suite’s more tender moments, with tingling highlights of Fado-like guitar wist in ‘Traz O Velho, Traz O Novo’ feat. Rudi Brito, and Pedro Gomez chiming in on the engagingly uncertain feel of ‘Rive’, and the work’s haunted closer in a way that recalls Mica Levi’s soundtrack work.