Boomkat Product Review:
Sweden’s Kablam commits the 5th Janus instalment; a five-track dislocation and distillation of current club music.
In the wake of Janus Berlin issues from Lotic, DJ Hvad, and Bekelé Berhanu, Kablam’s offering employs a similar, collaged palette of non-binary, cyborganic tics in serrated arrangement to render a fractious, impressionistic perspective on club music, feminism and questions of cultural diversity.
Crisis kicks off with gyroscopic dynamic, meshing hardstyle bass drums with wrenched vocals and ploy metric counter-rhythms in a mercurial manner that grasps the tension of panic mode media, whilst Arch angles off kilter R&B coos into the mix and Nu Metall identifies 2016’s prevailing trend for twisting and reclaiming the most unfashionable meat of late millennial culture into something strangely elusive, affective.
Choking is perhaps the best example of Kablam’s taste for reggaeton/hardstyle collisions, replete with a twist of goat-cackle vocal processing and gasps that link her music back to the outsider traditions and feels of Scandinavian BM - but miles away from any fascist or masculine connotations - in a manner followed thru on the baroque chorals of Intensia.