Boomkat Product Review:
DC avant-rap/free electronix duo Model Home impress again with this jerky compilation of high moments from their self-released mixtape run. Includes collaborations with Phew, Religious Knives' Michael R Bernstein and Geo Rip's Mike Petilo.
Hard to describe doesn't scratch the surface - at face value, they're a rap duo, with Pat Cain working as producer and MC NAPPYNAPPA on vocals, but a quick listen to the music and it ain't like much rap you will have come across before. Cain's productions are brittle, noisy abstractions that sound like a room full of dodgy hardwire spluttering to life after a mudslide, while NAPPYNAPPA's vocals are warped stream-of-consciousness freestyles usually piped thru modulating alien FX.
"Saturn in the Basement" follows a run of releases for Future Times, PTP and Don Giovanni, and sweeps together a handful of tracks from their Bandcamp-dropped mixtapes. It's a psychedelic set, ranging from the high-BPM psychedelic footwork approximation 'pidgin' and rolling 808-led wonker 'keep pushin' to the long-form noise-vox back-and-forth 'yard 1', that clocks in at almost 13-minutes. Model Home's two collaborations with Double Leopards/Religious Knives noisenik Michael R Bernstein are particularly impressive, adding a synthy, freewheeling acid tabbed groove to their vocoded screwed 'n chopped funk on 'couch' and 'fly on the wall'.
'naked intentions', the duo's meet-up with Japanese post-punk legend Phew, also pushes them outside their comfort zone, interrupting their electronic blatz with motorik pulses and indecipherable vocals. It's the kind of music that doesn't have an obvious appeal, but if you like it, it's about as good as it gets. Massive respect, tbh.