Boomkat Product Review:
Post-Soviet trio WWWINGS hack thru to the future with the scything dynamics and tumult of sensations in Phoenixxx, their debut album starring guess contributions from a wave of vital new artists including Chino Amobi, Lao, Imaabs, Endgame, and Born In Flames a.o.
Phoenixxx was patched together over the last year via Russian social media site, VK, and the instant messenger service, Telegram, to render a discombobulating, chaotic flux of ideas that sounds like a tonne of being scrambled in transfer, thru various stages of encryption and decryption.
As the work of three people - Lit Internet from the Kamchatka Peninsula in far east Russia, Lit Eyne from Siberia Lit Daw from Ukraine - plus no less than 12 guests, its 12 tracks understandably sound fractious and heavily detailed with myriad characteristics; amassing a discordant choir of dissenting voices, intentions and gestures each railing against their respective totalitarian rulers and oppressive societal conditions.
That unity thru disjuncture is manifest from a common sonic language and means of software production, which provide a mutual syntax, or a perfectly uneven 3D playing field in which to work, using deliriously pitched drums as rhythmelodic cadence that can be understood in any culture, together with plasmic electronics and computer game-style, scrolling arrangements that should be recognised as cyber-punk-as-fuck currency.
No doubt it’s the most exciting thing we’ve heard emerge from the Russian Federation in memory, and even then, it’s really a product of rhizomic internet culture; maybe best considered a delirious, mutant cyborganism or multi-player platform for bold new artists to gang up and save the world from repeating itself, over and fucking again.