This, my friends, is the second half of the latest release by Brazilian electronic musician Ricardo Donoso. The songs on here range from seedy techno with echoing moans and thumping bass (“The Redeemer”) to a flirtation with dub techno (“The Child Primitive”) to trance (“Master Game”). As to what “fluoro yellow” means in regard to the color, your guess is as good as mine. Perhaps it means it will glow or it’s transparent? I find it a bit odd that the second half gets a release on vinyl but the first half of this doesn’t. Maybe I’m missing something here or that will be due out at a later date. I tried to check the Bandcamp page for a possibly cheaper price but Digitalis‘ version there was black and it’s sold out now. Alas, check out One Verse Sharpens Another below via the Bandcamp stream and see what you think of it. Cheers!

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Over the past five years, Ricardo Donoso has continually sharpened his vision and craft into a diamond point. Beginning with "Progress Chance" then into "Assimilating the Shadow," and now "As Iron Sharpens Iron, One Verse Sharpens Another," Donoso has pushed further and futher into grid-like, trance-infused tracks. This new offering simultaneously closes the cycle "Progress Chance" began with perfection, and blows the possibilities for the future wide open. Split over two parts, "As Iron Sharpens Iron, One Verse Sharpens Another" is a treatise on duality and Donoso's strongest statement to date.

Pressed on separate 45 RPM 12" records, this album most heavily embraces the dancefloor undercurrents that past efforts only hinted at. Donoso's ability to juggle multiple rhythms and plot them all together cohesively is in top form. As his darkest work to date, it's hard to still consider this 'morning music' even if vague similarities still exist. With each subsequent album, he has further explored connections between the external and internal self. Ideas shrouded in shadow on the first two records finally become poignantly clear. In the end, everything here is uniquely his own.

"The Child Primitive" hollows out deep bass while a minimal beat and introspective pads sink in quicksand. Fraught with emotion, the track pulls the listener closer to the abyss. It's desolate and beautiful while "The Master Game" is the curtain being pulled back, revealing that the other side is just a shell game; it's another way to get inside and infect the host. However, "The Redeemer," stakes its claim as the album's overall centerpiece. Depth charges explode at specific intervals while a pyramid of sequences coalesce into a perfectly formed knot. It's the glue that holds everything else together.

Ricardo Donoso has led listeners on an incredible journey through the sunkissed, post-rave morning in Rio through the black shadows of the psyche. With "As Iron Sharpens Iron, One Verse Sharpens Another" that entrancement ends. Next time the limits will be destroyed.
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released 14 November 2013
Mastered by John Tejada and cut to vinyl at D+M Berlin.
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Price $16.25

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