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Boomkat Product Review:
Brazilian DJ and producer Pedro Zopelar warps to the synth funk zone on "Universo", his slippery, lounge-core debut for Steven Julien's Apron imprint.
This one's a bit of an antidote to the glut of doom and gloom: "Universo" is an unashamedly sunny set of flickering synth funque, something like Dâm-Funk or James Pants, but in a sequined suit. Tracks like 'Cidade Jovem' and 'Funny Game' sound like Prince-esque Linn jams reworked for a Sonic The Hedgehog special stage. There's lo-bitrate claps, sliding analog synth and tightly-wound slap bass, but it's put together with a lighthearted 16-bit immediacy that feels nostalgic without resorting to clapped, self-serious melancholy.
Lead single 'Fire Pit' is a clear highlight, playing an acidic lead off neck-snapping funk rhythms and bass so sleazy it'd be refused entry into any self-respecting nightspot. Apron honcho Steven Julien turns up for a special megamix, curving selected elements into sweaty, widescreen ambient pop. If you're into lost VHS trash movie soundtracks from the early-mid 1980s, this one's gonna be a winner.