Boomkat Product Review:
A rare vinyl outing for Shanghai’s Svbkvlt label with a welcome edition from the very recently Aphex Twin 'curated' 33EMYBW and her laser-drawn debut LP, landing some six years after the label’s 10” by SLV, in which time they’ve become one of the world’s most keenly watched underground crews. A must if yr into Lee Gamble, Gabber Modus Operandi, Slikback, Zuli...
Over the past year ‘Golem’ has helped spearhead a thrilling wave of new electronic music from the Far East alongside releases from artists such as Gabber Modus Operandi, Gooooose, Zaliva-D and Hyph11e. The intricately gilded and restlessly kinetic album is now preserved for posterity on extruded red polyvinyl, and takes place as the first of many to come from the quickly expanding Chinese label operating out of 33EMYBW’s native Shanghai.
Embedding starkly melodic, syncopated percussion in acres of reverberant, negative space strafed by lazer-guided electronics and insurgent noise impulses, 33EMYBW’s sound resembles everything from the rugged chops of Slikback (with whom she recently collaborated on the ‘Slip A’ session) to the nerve-riding (de)construction site styles of Rabit at his most loose-limbed, but there’s also a heightened sense of alertness and vertiginous scale to ‘Golem’ which identifies it as a product of a wholly different environment, while also concerned with the same ideas of anxious modernity.
If we’re playing favourites then her side-winding, knotted title cut of alien tresillo patterns is right up there, as is the more sensuous lather of fluid, reversed loops with militant snares and AFXian strings in the IDM/junglism of ’Ship of Theseus’, as well as the dancefloor-sweeping motion of ‘Frankenstein’ and the fwd hot-stepper ‘Cordyceps Sinensi.’ But no doubt it’s all best taken as a whole, projecting a mental playground of ideas that will have you flexin’ on the commute or doing parkour in your bedroom/listening space. It’s highly f#cking collectible, too!