After debuting in 2015 with the Frank Pike EP, Lisbon born, London based artist Silvestre returns to Diskotopia with the Floresta EP; a kaleidoscopic and transcendental exploration inspired by the ecológico meets béton brut collision of natural and urban landscapes. Having recently launched the Padre Himalaya label with fellow producer and friend Renato, and performing live sets on NTS Radio, Silvestre has no trouble keeping busy with a dedication to his work. So much of Silvestre’s talent for textural detail within primal rhythmic workouts is on full display throughout the Floresta EP and at the same time feels like just the tip of an incredible iceberg of ideas. Playing with the idea of a chronologically void collage of multi-lingual dance music tropes, Silvestre pastes latin, techno, jazz and ambient loops on top of each other to create a coagulated fusion finally cut and formulated into a present-day club music framework. The Floresta EP provides a clear-cut model of the kind of work only achievable from a very engaging, enthralling and constantly evolving artist, and we at Diskotopia are very excited to be putting it out.
Floresta delves into reductionist yet magnetizing club territory with dusty cross-rhythmic, cross-textural percussive phasing, sky-high shifting arpeggios and glass-cut pads cajoling together in full technicolor. The direction of the energy and fervor that the prismatic serpentine motifs generate is seemingly best suited for an ayahuasca spiritual awakening somewhere lost within the urban jungles of tomorrow’s yesteryear.
Gosto de Ti heads deeper under the canopies with swelling synth work, driving tribal percussion and gyrating subs. As inebriating as it is steady, it's easy to get lost in the litany, but the tape-rewind switch provides enough punch to keep your wits about you while in the thick of all that is known to be present and what is not yet decided to come.
Ride sounds like a woozy decaying end-of-night theme and the pulsing beginnings of a bright new dawn placed together in a concurrent paradox. Crushed and stretched descending choral pad sequences form a heady and womb-like enclosure which is then rotated and alchemized into ebbing and flowing crescendos for the multi-spirited tour guides of a future-past millennia.
Camisola dos Morcegos closes out the Floresta EP on a triumphant and equally introspective note. Silvestre serves a diamond-chipped nod to hazy Detroit club nights circa 1992 wIth a Nintendo-64 indebted lead tragically beautiful enough to soundtrack any number of dancehalls from now to eternity.