Boomkat Product Review:
The Heat Crimes label follows that incredible debut album from The Ephemeron Loop (as featured on countless EOY lists) with a twisted tape from Japanese ex-punk popon, swarming from psychedelic noise to Nkisi-esque kongo tekno impulses with unshakable conviction.
popon makes a convincing racket on ‘bubu’, grinding all of her influences into a fine paste, and using a handful of synths, samplers, small instruments and her own voice to drill noise into pulsating club rhythms. Mostly improvised, the music is a little like Giant Swan if the Bristol duo swapped factory strength 4/4 techno for the winding syncopated psychedelia you might expect from the Timedance imprint or artists like CCL and Rhyw, screwing rabid children’s voices, keeling banks of reverberating atonality and thunderous percussion into five overproof parts that beckon the apocalypse.
Opener 'Knock' exposes us to popon's love of hi-density chaos, boiling over from a curt, electrified simmer into a raging prism of metallic scrapes and ear-gouging distortion. She takes a left turn with 'Banana' directing screeching ghostmode synths into rattling upper-register rhythms that eventually cede to beating kicks, while bubu’ delivers the deadliest blow of all thru stampeding, double-time drums that run ruffshod somewhere near to Authentically Plastic on drills overseen by Masami Akita.
Seething club terror and animist energies par excellence.