Boomkat Product Review:
'Intersex' is the brilliant debut vinyl LP by Steven Warwick (Birds Of Delay) in his Heatsick guise.
With a sack of cassettes and CDrs to his name for the likes of Not Not Fun and Alcoholic Narcolepsy, Steven explores the liminal, hypnagogic spaces of electronic music through lathered, loop-based compositions made on a shitty Casio keyboard and various guitar pedals. They're improvised meditations on primal, base forms of early electronics and dance music, borrowing from the Italo/Chicago axis of electrified body music - Roberto Cacciapaglia's new wave disco gynoid, Ann Steel, and the hip-locked repetitions of Ron Hardy - to create psychedelic, psychosexual vortices for the dancefloor of the mind.
This theme is made explicit by a titular reference to German sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld "looking at how music and sexuality can operate in flux on a constantly sliding scale", and implied thru an emphasis on writhing, repetitious rhythmelodic resolution. It plays out as three main pieces; the grinding, dub-bassed oscillations of 'Ice Cream On Concrete', the entrancing disco-not-disco ellipsis of 'Tertiary' and the cosmic ambiguity of 'Von Anderen Ufer', all defined by a rare, hallucinatory, and seductive quality transcending the borders of experimental intentions and primal instincts. Fans of everyone from Hype Williams to Dracula Lewis, Maria Minerva and Pat Maherr NEED to check this out.