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Boomkat Product Review:
Kompakt's Brazilian star Gui Boratto returns with a follow-up album to the extremely well-received Chromophobia, and as you might expect from this most melody-conscious of producers it's an eminently accessible affair that's happy to revel in luscious home listening material at least as much as it more hard-headed productions. Early single 'Atomic Soda' is by no means indicative of what's to be found on the rest of the album. The likes of 'Colors' and 'Opus 17' are content to take emphasis away from the structural soundness of the beats and place it firmly on textural and melodic elements, but Boratto is at his best when he's combining poppy 4/4 frameworks with his tuneful bank of synths as on the emotive thumper 'No Turning Back' and 'Azzura' which is in no shortage of wiry electronic riffage. Elsewhere 'Besides' throws tremolo guitar chords into the mix, resulting a kind of thinned out microhouse-come-shoegaze affair and album closer 'Godet' strips away all but piano chords and minuscule glitch percussion. Take My Breath Away has a real 'album'-like feel to it however, and true to that spirit all areas of Boratto's work are explored, with firmer footed techno cuts like 'Eggplant' and 'Ballroom' included. Boratto's bound to be criticised in certain quarters for making such an openly tuneful album, but surely this sort of diversity is to be celebrated, especially when he's got such a good ear for a pop hook.