Boomkat Product Review:
Straight outta Taipei, Sonia Calico reps a globally-minded mix of kuduro, gqom, dancehall and trance inspirations mixed with traditional instrumentation on a smart debut for London’s More Time Records
Sonia deftly swerves between stylistic coordinates across 11 naggingly melodic trax written during lockdown and intended to imagine, as she states, “an attempt to simulate the world of the future, to create the vision of a post-human scenario, to imagine the next life form that might arise into the world. In order to reflect the world we are in at this moment, unstoppable progression of technology, over-expanded desires from men and overloaded information to process.”
With echoes of Tsuzing’s hybridising tekkers, and the mutant offbeats of the Svbkvlt kru, Sonia goes in tuff and bittersweet in 11 ways, from the fusion of trad strings and gruff Gqom in ‘Club Simulation’, thru the sparkling Kuduro booty-rattler ‘That Dance on the Moon’, to the grimier vectors of ‘Divison By Zero’ with Air Max ’97, cyber-humid dancehall in ‘Post Chaos (Part II)’, to Anime soundtrack styles in ‘Neo Tokyo Folk’, and a standout of 33EMYBW or Rian Treanor-esque footwork and whooping spins on Congo tekno.