Boomkat Product Review:
Tuff but playful house and juke tekkers from Chicago’s Ariel Zetina on their debut for femme culture; a London-based record label and collective.
Taking YouTube Make-Up Artist videos as inspiration, Zetina jumps from the syncopated psycho-jack of ‘Eyeshadow Fallout’ to a killer spin on Prince classic production for Vanity 6 in the aptly titled ‘Vanity 7’, whereas ‘Bombshell’ wickedly ramps the tempo to a sort of rapid, acidic Jersey bounce, and ‘Channel’ hits even harder with wild, 303-laced nods to Belizean punta, and ‘Compact Mirrors At The Bottom Of The Sea’ starts out in 90’ of subaquatic 8-bit tones, before popping its percolated funk.
“Ariel said about MUA's at the End of the World - “it’s stemmed from the rhythms of putting on makeup. And the perception of makeup as armor, barrier, stealth; makeup as a method for passing for trans women (and the politics of what it means to pass for a cis woman in general).” But digging more in depth, Ariel also mentions more key elements of this EP that are underlining throughout - such as makeup tutorials (and internet as method for passing on information) for a public broadcasting of private routines.”