Lisbon, Portugal producer CRAVO has returned with a dark techno release: Eternal Paradox via SK_eleven.
The effort sees CRAVO (real name Pedro Cravo) deliver an eerie, cinematic atmosphere that calls to mind sci-fi thriller soundtracks but is undoubtedly destined to ignite the dance floors with raw, peak-time energy. That appeal is evident throughout the EP, but it is perhaps most apparent on the vivacious “Conscious,” with its distorted reverberating kick drums and uncanny synth melodies. EP opener “Innervision” operates in a similar vein, but the kick drum is dialed back enough to let a cleverly timed variation of its melody shine through every fifth measure.
“Domain” feels more groove driven, with a stuttery, shuffling rhythm and chilling, foghorn-like brass synth that rears its head throughout the track. Things get much techier on EP closer “Torment” as a stabby, flanged synth waxes and wanes.
The Eternal Paradox EP builds upon Klockworks 32, Cravo’s collaborative effort with VIL that expanded the former artist’s already impressive repertoire and penchant for serving up some of the most exciting dark techno in recent memory. His latest is out now as part of SK_eleven’s SK11X series and is available via the record label’s Bandcamp page.