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Bellows band member Nicola Ratti caught our attention with the excellent Pressure Loss release on Where To Now? and now shores up on the ever-essential Room40 with a new suite of refined, rhythmic minimalism. The pitter patter of Ratti’s percussion is austere, but there’s a sense of fun rubbed into the wobbles and creases between all the microscopic details.

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The Collection by Nicola Ratti
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8/10 Jamie Staff review, 24 October 2017

It sounds like there are mice dancing in the gutter between downpours here in Leeds at the moment. That’s the impression I get from the polyrhythmic drips and pitter-patters on the opening track of this record by Nicola Ratti. Nicola made the recordings forming his new CD, ‘The Collection’, over a protracted period of months holed up in his studio. You can really get a sense of the artistic freedom he must’ve felt, from listening to these bleepy-bloopy-skittering pulses and beats.

There are some delicious Mouse On Mars-y (there are those mice again) textures and timbres here, best experienced on headphones for the full stereophonic zoning-out effect. The track ‘r402’ and transition via watery dissonance to ‘L4’ are particularly lovely. Very nice sounds from Mr Ratti via Lawrence English’s marvellous base for experimental explorations, Room40 records.


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