Marcos Cabral 'Nature Walk' E.P. Review
Marcos Cabral never sets both feet firmly in any particular camp when it comes to his releases. A production career that spans from deep house, to ambient, to deep disco edits, left-field techno and countless genres and sub-genres in between he is an artist who refuses to be pigeonholed. With such a varied body of work, Cabral’s records maintain a distinct, bold endeavour for originality, and as such come in varying degrees of accessibility, especially in a dance floor sense.
His 2015 release on L.I.E.S. ‘Buried Alive Twice’ is a brooding avant-garde cut of experimental techno and his earlier ‘Capri Social’ and ’24 Hour Flight’ releases on the same label are more dancefloor accessible, yet reliant on a particularly dark, occult club atmosphere for a DJ to work them their best. His new release, ‘Nature Walk’ maintains the same dark intensity of his previous releases, but without the limitations.
The A-side to the record is opened by ‘Wishful’ a track which sits somewhere between house and techno and the convergence is natural and welcome. Considering Cabral’s 15 years of diverse productions blurred lines are to be expected but in Wishful they find a common ground, its a song with a lot of character and thankfully feels like it resists the urge to move towards a Lo-Fi sound which is becoming perhaps a little over-saturated and worn. Just shy of 8 minutes, ‘Nature Walk’ is somewhat of a techno burner. It’s not a bad cut, it has a nice, meditative grungy and solemn mood, but it feels like a protracted, undulating journey which comes a little short of significance, especially for the expectation of a title track.
The B-side kicks off with a powerful house cut in the form of ‘Cape Cod’. Dominated by sharp strings it has the aura of a deep house epic and is constantly engaging for the full 5 minutes. ‘Rice A Roni’ is a late night prime time special. A rolling acid stomper that commands your attention inspiring flashes of tumbling down a grinding rave wormhole and then, as quickly as it came is gone and it’s all over before you know what hit you. The curtain drawer for the E.P. the reflectively named, ‘Let’s See How The Light Goes Through It’ is also suited to the early hours. It’s a heavily layered techno cut which acts a spotlight to shine on Cabral’s wealth of electronica knowledge and experience. Heavily layered but fluid and synchronised, he’s made something complicated look effortlessly nonchalant, no easy feat.
Marcos Cabral's 'Nature Walk' will be released by Dimensions Recordings on the 13th of April. Bandcamp pre-order available here.