Boomkat Product Review:
First time vinyl edition of the Aphex Twin and Kode 9-backed ‘Cache 01’ set from Shanghai’s SVBKVLT crew, brimming with exclusive, forward club zingers from a crazy lineup including Tzusing & Hodge, Gabber Modus Operandi, 33EMYBW, Hyph11e, Gooooose, Osheyack & Nahash and more - not available elsewhere and hands-down the most vivid and thrilling showcase of new electronic music we’ve heard in a while.
‘Cache 01’ speaks to the abundance of prism-pushing electronic mutants presently at work in the Far East. Where too many Western artists right now are caught in the retro-vintage, shabby chic trap, every one of the artists featured here embrace the here and now, and what’s to come, with a fervently infectious alacrity and directness that’s hard to ignore and has seen the label showered with praise from corners worldwide.
We’re all spoilt for choice with the highlights, but a few really stand out. The wildly ricocheting 808 proprioception of Gooooose’s ‘Arp Kicks’ is right up there with the best we’ve heard in recent years; Swimful impresses with the hard-ass, keening grime designs and descending sirens of ‘Nailz’; Indonesia’s Gabber Modus Operandi send us reeling with the mix of wailing traditional horns, gamelan and gabber kicks in ‘Sangkakala II’; Hyph11e precogs the deathly march of the robots with the reconfigured D&B and noise of ’Sinking’; MIIN strikes a class fusion of dembow-dancehall and IDM in ‘Metagame’; and Zaliva-D exert a powerful sidespin with the rugged battery of ’Synthetic Sin’ inna Low Jack style. It's Hands-down it’s the most vivid and thrilling showcase of new electronic music from the Far East, or anywhere else for that matter, in years. A real no brainer.
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