Boomkat Product Review:
Osheyack's new album is the best showcase of futuristic club forms we've heard from SVBKVLT in a minute, shifting seamlessly between heaving neo-industrial sound design, pneumatic dancefloor pressure and fractal HD sci-fi moves.
A key component of Shanghai's electronic music scene for a decade, Osheyack has impressed with a steady slew of releases for various labels, but 'Intimate Publics’ might just be their best yet - a perfectly-measured dilation of club, pop and experimental forms that takes inspiration from US social theorist Michael Warner's ideas about the utopian potential of club music.
'Thrall' is the album's most upfront cut, shredding rap into indecipherable syllables using guttural sounds as percussion, retaining the basic flow but positioning it for a global club ear. 'Edging’ similarly captures the squeaky-wheel energy of Indonesian SVBKVLT act Gabber Modus Operandi but making use again of wordless vocal chops to disorient and hypnotise.
It's not all high-NRG club material, 'Still' skews closer to big-room vocal pop, with soaring Autotuned vocals layered over ascending strings and weighty square bass, and closing track 'Reification' welds vacuum-packed orchestral elements onto a nauseous backdrop of woozed synth and hand drum percussion.
The best moments are when Osheyack throws everything at the wall and sees what sticks: 'Usually Never' is his most clustered dancefloor cut, deploying machinegun kicks, snares, buzzsaw foley sounds and stuttering vocals underpinning the kind of synths tailor-made to evoke psychedelic states. And while his rhythms liberally snatch from Jersey club, Night Slugs, trap and drill, Osheyack somewhow reassembles recognisable elements into pearlescent airlock systems that sound both angular, and new.