Boomkat Product Review:
Aussie club don Strict Face returns to NLV after 2021's ace "Pulsers" with four tracks of clattering HD club music - the griminess of his earliest material is still just about there, spiked with ballroom drops, ruff acid squiggles, and syrupy dembow swing. RIYL DJ Plead, Swimful, Air Max '97, Nick León.
It doesn't take more than a few secs for Strict Face to remind you exactly who he is. The Adelaide/Kaurna-based producer has been a regular fixture on the bass circuit for years now, having survived the instrumental grime era only to emerge with a hybrid club sound that's never been more relevant. 'Liquid Gold' is a percussive call to action that rings an alarm to dancers, evoking the sizzle of UK funky but driving the emphasis into k-holed dungeon techno modalities. Lead single 'Platinum Strength' meanwhile folds in 'Witch Doktor'-like shriek, allowing acidic synths to take center stage over pounding kicks and heel click snares.
Anyone missing Strict Face's former life, it's the flipside that's got you covered: 'Turbo Calc' is a Bristol-strength low-end belter that fractalizes uptempo dembow clatter into psychedelic shapes, and 'Citrus Snaps' might be the best of all, leaning into melodic loveliness with a grimey bassline and sino stabs. Fuck yeh.