There’s a fantastic amount of great electronic music coming out of South America at the moment and here we’ve got Brazilian Gui Boratto, once a member of the band Sect, adding to that output with his album Abaporu.

The opening lines of the first track immediately put me in mind of William Orbit and this is no bad thing, but the tune soon becomes its own distinctive groove which sets the scene for the rest of the record.

This album is brilliantly crafted and swings from nicely stripped back and deceptively simple tunes of a medium tempo such as the opening Antropofagia, which are prefect for the early evening or very late morning session and then to more obviously headline dancefloor tunes such as the second track on the album, Joker – which has a fantastic breakdown and build in the middle. .

Boratto is not afraid of a vocal either as demonstrated on Please Don’t Take Me Home, a lush and funky tune perfect for the pre-club bar. And then you have him playing with guitar samples such as on Get the Party Started.
This is a very, very good record that gives the occasional nod to past with huge analogue sounds, but it never seems dated and every tune herein delivers in spades.

Take Control was on a recent Kompakt compilation unless I’m very much mistaken and it reminds me of Goldfrapp…only better!

Indigo’s simple glockenspiel opening gives way to a great tune that’s just full of textures that just build and build before finding the groove again.

This is World class dance/electronica that, whilst borrowing from the great traditions of dance and electronic music of Europe and the States it manages to have an identity and maturity all of its own. It’s not a difficult record at all and its 13 tracks all have popular appeal that I can see doing really well, with the obvious hit for me being Wait For Me…or perhaps Too Late, though there are darker, more introspective passages that add intelligence and depth to the album.

Personally I thoroughly enjoyed this gloriously uplifting record which is out on the 29th September on Kompakt, a label that can do very little wrong as far as I can see at the moment.

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