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«Hailing from Mendoza, Argentina, here is an EP release of warm ambient idm beats, from Cristian Gualpa, called “Flotante”. In five tracks, Gualpa explores an electronic language of aquatic beats, somehow related with the kind of stuff explored by artists like Arovane, and also a language with the laboratorial driving force that one can usually recognize on releases from labels like Raster-Noton. Indeed, while the last track “Capital Solar” develops a warm sense of melody, tracks like “Buenhogar” or “Al Aire” enter the mathematical domain, with a techno background underneath. Listening to these tracks is like admiring the architecture of a building, with one feet dancing at the same time. Dark ambience comes along with “Previo”, but even here the mechanical beat gives way to an ethereal melody. “Posada” sums up the ideas expressed before, and is both a relaxing or restless place to stay, depending of which things the listener pays attention to: the warm aquatic melody underneath or the drilled beat that gives structure to the track, which reminds of early Autechre releases. With about 20 minutes, “Flotante” is enjoyable brainy electronics, to be listened with headphones, and an excellent debut for Cristian Gualpa.» - César Laia


Downloads:

01 • Buenhogar ............................................................................... pt us
  [3'26'' • 7,88Mb • 320Kbps]
02 • Al Aire ..................................................................................... pt us
  [4'47'' • 10,9Mb • 320Kbps]
03 • Previo ...................................................................................... pt us
  [3'47'' • 8,67Mb • 320Kbps]
04 • Posada ..................................................................................... pt us
[3'43'' • 8,51Mb • 320Kbps]
05 • Capital Solar ........................................................................... pt us
  [4'44'' • 10,8Mb • 320Kbps]
  • artwork ................................................................................... pt  
  [PDF-Zip • 1,75Mb]    
  • all tracks + artwork ................................................................ pt us
  [Zip • 42,1Mb]    

Reviews:

«Ça faisait un sacré moment que je n'avais pas parlé d'une sortie du netlabel TestTube. Peut-être que l'enchaînement marathon des références m'a un peu dégoûté. N'empêche que je jette quand même toujours une oreille sur les productions. Et là, je suis séduit (comme souvent) par ce Flotante ep de l'Argentin Cristian Gualpa. Minimal, précis, inquiétant, étonnant sont les premiers mots qui me viennent à l'esprit alors que je découvre cet essai. Des rythmiques organisent de manière assez libre et attachante les ballades électroniques du sud Américain. Quelques nappes, histoire de sauver l'affaire. Je trouve sincèrement ce single magnifique. Les sons utilisés ne sont pas forcément classiques. Certaines boucles sont surprenantes, même. Et je ne collerai pas une floppée de noms connus pour décrire ce travail. Au contraire, j'y vois une touche très personnelle et assumée.»
- LaFresto / January 12, 2008

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©2007 Federico Rivero
©2007 aeriola::behaviour
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©2007 Cristian Gualpa
©2008 test tube


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