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Shanghai’s Svbkvlt cru drop a monstrously large label showcase with the Aphex Twin and Kode 9-backed ’Cache 01’ set
Destined to be one of 2019’s definitive multi-artist sets, ‘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.
We’re all spoilt for choice with the highlights, but a few really stand out. The wildly ricocheting 808 proprioceptions of Gooooose’s ‘Arp Kicks’ is right up there with he best we’ve heard this year; 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 set to reconfigured D&B and noise in ’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.
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