Production duo Distorted Portrait are a musical art project, based in Rome, created by Luca Gentile and Giovanni Inglese and are supported by RIOT crew, an organisation that operates in Rome that promotes various art forms including music, sculpture, photography and painting.
Their music blends ambient and interstellar sounds with dub rhythms, techno soundscapes and acid squelches with the intent of creating a deep and sophisticated blend. The overall experience drives the listener to explore dark atmospheres and heavy groove laden old school Detroit sounds.
In December last year Distorted Portrait released their debut ‘Self Portrait‘ EP via Raw Paper Records, presenting three original tracks of unpolished raw house music, plus a rework from Hungarian producer Imre Kiss. 2016 looks promising for the duo as they plan to imminently launch their own imprint ‘Raw Culture‘, with the first various artist release featuring VNZO, who’s track features in this podcast.
Distorted Portrait’s podcast for Farr Festival x Inverted Audio is suited towards the deeper realms of the Farr Forest spectrum, incorporating tracks from The Persuader, Imre Kiss, Nitejams and many more.
At the beginning of the year we were in Berlin and it was one of those typically cloudy days. We had been to a lot of parties and had listened to a lot of techno, the same dark techno, the same shit.
We went to the Record Loft and strangely felt at home. We bought some records and went back to our room where we had a pair of Technics 1210’s, two CDJs and an old mixer set up to record this mix.
We put on the first record and we suddenly we weren’t in Berlin. We were in a forest, yes, in a forest, like the forest where Farr Festival takes place with no buildings or cars surrounding us, only trees and nature.
Only the clouds of that gloomy day persisted but nobody cared, people continue to dance. In this situation we recalled this poem by James Kavanaugh:
I was born to find goblins in their caves / And chase moonlight / To see shadows and seek hidden rivers / To hear the rain fall on dry leaves / And chat a bit with death across foggy nights/
I was born to watch owls in dark forests / And hear coyotes cry /
To feel trees tremble and the grass sleep / To taste cold air and smell the damp earth / And watch ghostly shapes disappear across foggy nights.
As the mix progressed we continued to envisaged this poem, one record after another and when we played the last record it was a lovely day.
1. Distorted Portrait – Intro 01 (Unreleased)
2.VNZO – Adentro (Original Mix) [Raw Culture]
3. The Persuader – Untitled A1 (Original Mix) [Svek]
4. Ozel AB – A1 Unknown (Original Mix) [Lobster Theremin]
5. Hinode – Linear Equation (Original Mix) [Helena]
6. Nitejams – Untitled B1(Original Mix) [Nitejams]
7. Distorted Portrait – Dirty & Smutty (Original Mix) [Raw Paper Records]
8. Imre Kiss – Untitled (Unreleased)
9. Culture Hub – Elevated Status (Original Mix) [Invisible Circles]
10. D-IX – D9 (Original Mix) [Lackrec]
11. Giovanni Scala – B2 (Original Mix) [Inchoerent Debts]
12. TLIM SHUG – conga jams 01 (Original Mix) [Echovolts Records]