Boomkat Product Review:
‘Sfumato’ marks the long-awaited return of BLOOM to the club and instrumental grime style he was instrumental in shaping with his pivotal, early EPs, ‘Quartz’ and ‘Hydraulics’
The Belfast-based producer has been notable by his absence from the release schedule since 2015, when he notably remixed a pair of tracks from Björk’s ‘Vulnicura’ LP. He now vaults back into the fray with ‘Sfumato’, which takes its name from a technique of painting where colours and tones bleed into one another - a smart metaphor for Bloom’s productions; frantic, multi-layered tessellations of cinematic FX and collaged rhythms spun with delirious dynamic.
“Sfumato is the most transportive expression of Bloom’s sound to date, and also his most extensive project, clocking in at six tracks. By far his most beautiful record, it features trademark crashes of gun-metal and nimble sample work, but juxtaposes them against romantic synths and ascendant pads, resulting in something as emotional as it is impactful.”