Boomkat Product Review:
DJ Haram's first proper solo release since 2019's 'Grace', 'Handplay' is an ode to sex workers that dissolves mainstream feminine archetypes in a twist of 909 thuds, flutes and sensual, pitch-shifted vocals. Heavy as fuck!
Philly's DJ Haram instinctively impresses with her new double A-side, feeding weighty subject matter into her intricately layered, club-ready productions. Eroticized banger 'Handplay' is up first, and plays on multiple fronts, challenging Orientalist stereotypes with a lithe flute loop that's married to grinding, dancefloor focused warehouse pneumatics. Haram's vocals are the nerve center, and she toys with open-eared listeners, licking her way through the pleasure centers as she considers the misunderstood reality of sex work.
'No Funeral' might be more familiar to 700 Bliss disciples, as Haram corrupts her words over a fractured industrial bang of muddied boom bap pulses, hand drums and wild-eyed electric guitar prangs. She wants us to ponder toxic relationship cycles, and pushes us towards the theme with a barrage of barbed elements that explode in a chaotic alien form. Heavy, pertinent and imperishable gear.