Boomkat Product Review:
Second Woman’s future techno landmark for Spectrum Spools sees a totally timely reminder on this 2022 reissue - big RIYL Vladislav Delay, Mark Fell & Gábor Lázár, Rian Treanor, Automatisme
The duo of Telefon Tel Aviv’s Joshua Eustis and Turk Dietrich ov Belong, aka Second Woman, were among the acts to give dance music a future-facing boot up the arse in the past decade. Their eponymous 2016 debut served to loosen the grid of hybrid modular and computer-based dancefloor production with luscious, aqueous cyberdub tekkerz and sort of etheric emotive sensuality that sloshed over from late ‘90s/early ‘00s dub techno, electronica and IDM.
Six years later it still sounds refreshingly brilliant, spurting nine kaleidoscopic turns riddled with diffractive, underwater dynamics, and ideally balancing abstract and palpable feels that arise from Dietrich and Eustis’ distinctively adroit, obsessively detailed touch. To be fair, their 2017 follow-up firmed up their dancefloor intentions a little more clearly, but this one still beautifully lends itself to balletic movement and a sense of freedom in the club that was in the air of experimental dance music before the pandemic, but feels like it’s been missing since.
We’re not saying the new wave of club kids are coming with with some shitty, stilted expectations, but fuck me if you couldn’t do with loosening up a bit and getting out of those huddles or line-dancing in front of the DJ with your phone out. Just saying. Here’s your prompt.