Boomkat Product Review:
Stockholm’s Sissel Wincent returns to Peder Mannerfelt's eponymous imprint with five tracks of ragged gabber kicks and hypnotic electronic gloom, highly recommended if yr into Kablam, Nkisi, Frak, Fever Ray...
Following her recent remix of Fever Ray’s Wanna Sip, Sissel here draws further inspiration from the intersection of doomcore gabber, electronic minimalism and experimental techno to shape a rugged sound riddled with uncanny detail and unyielding arrangements, effectively articulating the idea of techno with a uniquely dry and biting attitude.
Ponytails kicks off the EP with roving kicks scanned by searchlight synths and a melody recalling an ice cold Nkisi cut, while Cynical holds that glaring sound in clenched suspense with a push and pull of jarring atonalities and shivering rhythms that resolve to a jagged, roguish trample.
On Yellow Lines Sissel swerves closer in effect to the primitivist bangers of Frak with unflinching style, but an element of trippy emotive pathos begins to creep in with the curdled synths smeared over militant steppers’ ballistics on Still Undetermined, before Distance As Distance holds her anti-banger stance with bruising, abrasive force, making for some of the grittiest and most unsettling techno you’ll hear in 2018.