- To the casual listener, Brazilian producer Gui Boratto may seem like little more than an adept creator of house and techno—a notably lush and melodic brand of house and techno, perhaps, but house and techno nonetheless. But as his fan base knows, that's only half the story. Nestled among the minimal-minded club cuts of 2007's Chromophobia, there's the dreamy exaltation of "Beautiful Life" and the innocent, swirling fizz of "Acróstico." His second album, Take My Breath Away, followed its trance-tinged title track with the majestic, new-wavy "Colors" and the swirling "Les Enfants" and "Besides." 2011's III, though more gray-hued than his previous efforts, had its share of pop-tinged intimacy.
Boratto's fourth album, Abaporu, sees him continuing in that exploratory mode, wandering from style to style in typically graceful fashion. Melody is at the forefront of songs like "Please Don't Take Me Home," whose percussive chords and funky guitar line are punctuated by a whiplash snare. "Too Late," released a few months back as a single, is a synapse-tickling gem with an indie-disco edge, its bouncy bass, addictive keys and playful percussion offsetting a wistful vocal. And with its new-wave bassline, shimmering six-string and subtly soaring keyboards, "Where I Belong" almost sounds like montage music from a John Hughes film.
Which isn't to say Abaporu doesn't have its share of straightforward club thumpers. "Joker" positively oozes late-night drama. "22" merges its spacious, grand-gesture melody—sounding a bit like M.A.N.DY. in that duo's mid-'00s prime—with percolating keys, an addictive breakbeat and, towards the end, a bit of guitar twang. (Boratto, who worked with Garth Brooks and many others in his pre-clubland days, really seems to like that sound, and has returned to it throughout his career.) The title track might be the most straightforward club cut on the album; its acidic vibe, swingy rhythm and jacking groove make it the techiest track of the lot.
Amid all this diversity, Abaporu is a remarkably steady work, with Boratto's consistent sound palette and knack for melody running strong throughout. But the album's range ensures there are plenty of surprises to be uncovered, too, waiting for both fans of electronic pop and pure club music.
03. Please Don't Take Me Home
04. Get The Party Started
07. Take Control
10. Wait For Me
11. Where I Belong
12. Too Late
13. Palin Dromo