Boomkat Product Review:
South of the North grip IC-Red for the laid-back, charmingly smudged synthpop and post-punk of ‘Good Fun’
Martha de Barros & Goya van der Heyden aka Ic-Red specialize in a hazily downbeat sort of vibe that dials up comparisons with groggy types of NYC no wave on the cusp of early hip hop rap. We direct thee to highlights in their slompy opener ‘Goodman’ with its call-and-response vox, and the blunted bump of ’Sticks and Stoned’ for some ace beatdown steez, then the likes of their crankier stepper ‘Water This Flower’ and the groggy swang of ‘Jaywalk’ for more uptempo measures and you’ll get the gist.
“6, 2, 11 on battery street. A future studio in Maastricht. Amongst dollheads, plaster and beercans we met. A vacant school was Goya’s house when Madba needed a place to stay, during christmas holidays. 4 tracks in 2 days got us seeing red. We went through a desert as a duo with no name and recorded the landscape. A place with synth lines, drum loops and jazz greats. As free as our 14 year old selves, together in various forms of solitude, goodfun, heartache and growing pains, something is emerging. In the distance a vision is approaching. A playground is coming to shape. Goya looks ahead. Madba says, “I see red, IC-RED!”.”