Gui Boratto
Chromophobia


3.5
great

Review

by Stephen Gore USER (43 Reviews)
May 20th, 2008 | 27 replies | 6,919 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A playful, kaleidoscopic smorgasbord of minimal Brazilian tech house. Nothing scary about it

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Chromophobia - the fear of colours. The cover art (which rivals in vividness the playschool primaries of a Lemon Jelly album) might persuade you that it’s being ironic, and that this album will be muted, passive, restrained. Not a bit of it. What you get is a rhythm-based electronic album, merely differing from pure techno in its minimal dancey soundscapes, warm textures, stripped down hi-hats and atmospheric diversity. Anyone repelled by the 'repetitive' tag that techno has acquired will find their fears assuaged by this gentle, melodic introduction. Mid-tempo numbers reign supreme, and moods change from playful, bouncy glee to minor key melancholia - though almost always holding hands with an electronic loop or drum pattern to keep things chugging along.

Unusually, this is one of those back-loaded albums, the first few tracks being competent enough slices of tech house that nevertheless repeat some of those loops rather too often for their own good. But stick with it. Opener ‘Scene 1‘ shimmers with a warm artificial haze, ‘Gate 7‘ offers something promising with its discordant messed-up keyboard licks, but the album really gets going with ‘Shebang‘, cheeky Spectrum computer bleeps running amok and conjuring up an image of some demented robot trashing the laboratory. The title track messes about with synth pads and comes up with some bouncy hollow percussion, while the fluid ‘The Blessing‘ fuses watery wurps with a dulled snare and hi-hat showcase. ‘Malá Strana‘ delves into Moon Safari territory with spacey floating effects that make you feel like you’re floating over some futuristic spaceport, and Senor Boratto even drags his missus into the studio (!) to contribute vocals to the album highpoint ‘Beautiful Life‘, which was heard all over European dance clubs last summer; a sunny, isn’t-life-great four-to-the-floor anthem of pumping optimism. Luciana delivers a competent performance and it’s perhaps a shame that she wasn’t present on some other tracks here.

The rest of Chromophobia more than delivers the goods. ‘Xilo‘ throws in an angsty guitar into the mix, the kind of brooding twangs that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Cure album, and ‘Hera’s traditional pewt sounds are battered by ever-changing percussive effects, rattles, shudders, clicks and dinks. All tracks ebb and flow in different places, and tempos shift and turn so much that’s it’s up to the listener to decide which one they want to follow. It’s so easy to listen to, most will not bother listening intently through headphones, but even more remains to be discovered - the album from beginning to end is impressively layered with subtle sonic textures.

Conscious of the inaccessibility and head-numbing repetitiveness that a lot of modern techno music can fall foul of, German label Kompakt seem to overcome this by promoting artists willing to blend a dreamy minimalism and poppy undercurrents with a loyalty to a polyrhythmic approach. Brazilian DJ and producer Gui Boratto is surely going to be held high in the ranks of Kompakt after presenting this accomplished debut album. So give it a try. Chromophobia is nothing to be scared of.



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DonniSharK
February 13th 2011



466 Comments


Good review. Been meaning to check out this album.

Kaleid
February 17th 2011



711 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Christ, a comment!

Great album, very enjoyable. The triple hit of 'The Blessing', 'Malá Strana' and 'Acróstico' is especially cool.

aok
May 3rd 2011



4410 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this thing needs some love cause gui boratto is super talented!

real good review too: pos! now i don't have to write one =)

Digging: Aphex Twin - Syro

Kaleid
May 4th 2011



711 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I didn't expect many here to like it tbh, I just reviewed it because I really liked it. Some of his newer stuff is cool too.

Yotimi
May 30th 2011



6473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Second half to this album is so good

Digging: Millie and Andrea - Drop The Vowels

Liberi Fatali
Emeritus
May 30th 2011



1588 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Did this take 3 years to get a comment? Haha kind of sad really.

Agree with all the sentiment here though, this is pretty cool. Just need a review for Take My Breath Away, particularly cause No Turning Back is so cool.

Kaleid
May 30th 2011



711 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'll probably write one for Take My Breath Away sometime. I'm not sure which album I prefer, though I agree No Turning Back is cool. This guy's stuff is consistently good.

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
May 30th 2011



6443 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Afterparty stuff, this.


Digging: Interpol - El Pintor

Liberi Fatali
Emeritus
May 30th 2011



1588 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'll probably write one for Take My Breath Away sometime. I'm not sure which album I prefer, though I agree No Turning Back is cool. This guy's stuff is consistently good.

Sounds good, hope you do.

I would say this is better, then I listen to No Turning Back and Les Enfants and don't know if I can.

aok
June 10th 2011



4410 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i'm still simmering on this and a bunch of other stuff but am going to be listening to a lot of gui boratto and amon tobin and pantha du prince in the next little while i think. this is a brand of house music i endorse completely but it's probly gonna be a while before i jump into another album of his

Yotimi
June 10th 2011



6473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Can't get enough of this lately. Tracks 6 thru 13 are amazing

aok
June 10th 2011



4410 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

'xilo' is what hooked me in. probably gonna be a 4 for me as well but i haven't heard it in a little while

immersedreality
July 20th 2011



29 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is starting to seriously sink its teeth into me.

Yotimi
July 20th 2011



6473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah it's amazing. Listening to it now actually

aok
July 20th 2011



4410 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

gui boratto's a superstar yo

aok
September 13th 2011



4410 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

anyone here listen to III yet? i like it lots, but it's mad different

Dummit
September 13th 2011



352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

no, but this album rules, though.

Liberi Fatali
Emeritus
September 13th 2011



1588 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah III is pretty wicked. I've seen lots of people say it takes a few listens to get into, but definitely didn't for me.

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
September 13th 2011



6443 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

He has a new album? Sweet, will check out!

fuckthatnoise
May 4th 2012



1479 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

omg this is so nice



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