Boomkat Product Review:
A very strong look for fans of Jasss, Fatima Al Qadiri or Paul Marmota: Animus is the superb début album of cyber-gothic atmospheres and mutant dembow drum patterns from Debit, a crucial member of Central America’s strongest new dance music label: Mexico City’s NAAFI.
Conceptually exploring the intersectionality of gender, sexuality and consciousness, Delia Beatriz a.k.a. Debit marries panoramic and introspective ambient aspects with stylized rhythms that connote the album’s ideological impetus in a suggestively ambiguous manner.
While the dembow rhythms which drive much of the album are unmistakably located to South and Central American traditions, the melodic and tonal content steers wide of any folk tropes, resulting a mutably plasmic and amorphous sound that lives up to Debit’s ideas about a fluidity of gender and the brackets imposed by socialised sexuality.
If we’re playing favourites, then the strongest examples are found strewn, on the one hand, between the bass tumult and arcing sound designs of Remain, or in the stunning breakbeat ructions and surging pads of Audacious, while from an ambient perspective, she really impresses int he 2nd half with the unfathomably wide dimensions of Realist, the lush harmonic swells of Inflection, and the chamber-like concision of Anamnesis, but in the most classic sense this is an album that demands to be consumed in one go.