Boomkat Product Review:
Joe Rainey's follow-up to the explosive "Niineta" is a double-header that dips into hi-octane sonic maximalism, and grimey, dark ambient minimalism on the flip.
Joe Rainey's debut album was a proof of concept from the well-known pow wow singer. He's been performing for years, but "Niineta" was a chance to show how he could re-contextualise the form and juxtapose Native American vocal music with innovative blown-out percussion. This new two tracker continues the journey, with Rainey once again assisted by Fog's Andrew Broder. On 'once the reaper', Broder evokes Raster and Death Grips simultaneously, assembling a rugged sci-fi beatscape to elevate Rainey's incredible vocal performance.
Our pick is the more low-key 'd.m.ii' though, dropping the teeth-bearing crunch of its predecessor and replacing it with crackle, a barely-there beat, and unsettling vocal tweaks. Rainey replies with an emotional, measured performance that goes straight for the gut. Beautiful.