Boomkat Product Review:
Houndstooth's new comp attempts to put a badge on the wave of cyber-sonic global club music that's been building in momentum over the last few years. It's tough to label sounds that are by design so disparate (unsurprising since, as Houndstooth admits, the comp "takes in artists from almost every continent in the world") and the imprint's fixation on "radical otherness" feels awkward, but the artists featured here can't be sniffed at.
China's SVBKVLT label is best represented, with tracks from 33EMYBW, Gooooose, Hyph11E and Osheyack illustrating the vibrancy of the country's club scene by electroplating familiar sounds (trance arps, chopped breaks, cut vocals) with polished chrome. Subreal bosses AMAZONDOTCOM & Siete Catorce follow their unmissable new collab EP "Vague Currency" with another idiosyncratic team up here, blending clattering drums with wheezing synths and icy, pinprick bleeps.
Yorkshire babe AYA represents the UK with a fresh fwd-facing slice of neon club ecstasy 'DaRE u to sour lips with me', melting bass momentum into a fractured skeleton of 16-bit bliss. Elsewhere Debit serves up a rolling rhythmic gem sure to fire up fans of last year's towering "System" EP with more tribal guarachero sounds merged with haunted industrial club pressure.
It's really all killer no filler: Tunisian producer Deena Abdelwahed folds in North African sonic elements on standout track 'Abbrejiyeytar', while Uruguay's Lila Tirando a Violeta teams up with Irish producer Lighght for the head-splitting 'Rituals For Rusting Metals'. Even Ugandan wunderkind Slikback shows up with the restrained 'Shogai'. U know what to do.