Boomkat Product Review:
Tzusing's Sea Cucumber label surveys the Taipei scene with this tight five tracker, celebrating the city's FINAL club with pneumatic contributions from Meuko! Meuko!, B E N N, jondu, Lujiachi and Sandy's Trace.
The sounds are hyperactive, anxious and untethered from any definable movement or scene. Sandy's Trace creases synthetic hair metal riffs and electroid blast beats into a structure that's closer to resembling distorted breakbeat, shimmering self-consciously into cybernetic folk without a hint of irony. And jondu's 'Cleft Broker' is equally as smart, waking up a NiN-adjacent heaving synth lead with chaotic factory floor whirrs and broken toy melodies that aren't a million miles away from Tzusing's own set of sounds.
Our highlight comes from Meuko! Meuko!, who takes her time on 'Rebels of the Neon God', memorializing Tsai Ming-liang's 1992 masterpiece with a spectral fusion of architectural ambience and penetrating airlock beats. There's plenty of artists attempting this kind of clattering cacophony of sci-fi foley and subtle cinematics right now, and Meuko! Meuko! gets the blend right with a Goldilocks level of psychic harmony. One fer anyone into the SVBKVLT/Genome wave of forward-facing electronix.