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Berlin-based artist and Zhark Recordings head Patrick Stottrop aka Kareem takes the controls for the third release from The Death Of Rave imprint. Known for his dark industrial techno and gloomy hip-hop 'Porto Ronco (Vinyl Edits)' has him dropping the beats in place of black ambient clouds and thick foggy drones, with the beats stripped away and the atmospherics at the fore. Around two thirds of the way through the A side the bottom end vanishes into the distance revealing haunting gaseous layers of saddened tones with just the slightest glimpses of light peeking through the fog. Originally a single forty five minute piece it has been edited into two fifteen minute tracks with the second side beginning where the first left off.
Without the rhythms his sounds become more spooked and spectral. Around halfway through side B things shift gear, become even heavier with harsher industrial noise introduced into a blistering climax and then retreating into lush elegiac / ethereal ambience with arcs of almost classical sounds emerging. It really does feel like a very personal record, named after a village on the Swiss / Italian border where his Grandfather took refuge from potential Soviet invasion of Berlin during the 60's. The closing segment really feels like finding a safe retreat, almost at peace but always with the potential for darker times. A pleasure getting lost in this one.
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