Boomkat Product Review:
More apocalyptic, rampaging syfy club rollage from SVBKVLT, this time from Korean producer NET GALA, who reimagines Korean theater in vivid colors and detailed hi res textures. Mischievous 'n brain tickling bizz with reworks from the like-minded lineup of Amazondotcom, ZULI and Menzi.
Shinpageuk is a 20th century theatrical style that was used in Korea variously to represent melodrama and tragedy, and express political issues or social unease. NET GALA researched Shinpa - synonymous with "tears and overwhelming emotions" - to work out how to represent it musically and find harmony between tangled generations of music and theater. The result is a blindingly chaotic record of fwd thinking, angular club expression that never loses track of the brightly lit emotionality of theater.
'Shinpa Bonui' is mechanical and punishing, with rapid-fire kicks and twisted Korean percussion slowly ceding to carnivalesque synths and helium vocals that shuttle the track into another dimension. 'Shpiral' melts the ballroom staple 'Ha Dance' sample into a flurry of drums, never succumbing to repetition - it's almost unrecognizable as a faint, demonic gurgle. And NET GALA's roots as a member of LGBTQ collective Shade Seoul bubble to the surface on the k-hole android bleep anthem 'Dodomzit', as a queer protester screams over cell-popping overdriven booms.
If this isn't enough to whet yer appetite, LA's Amazondotcom reduces 'Shpiral' to a haunted shuffle on her ass shakingly dissociated version. ZULI meanwhile shves uneven kicks between engine revs and crystal-coated synth shards, and Durban-based Gqom producer Menzi brings everything to a close with his reshape of 'Dodomzit', tying things together with a cyberpunk flavor that dials up the doom to epic levels. So good.