Boomkat Product Review:
Coucou Chloe pays up on the promise of her live shows and a strong debut for Berlin’s Creamcake with six tracks of plasmic new club music, both self-produced and featuring peers, Sega Bodega and Kablam.
Launched by new label, Nuxxe - also home to Shy Girl - Chloé’s Underdog spells out a distinctively aerated take on reggaeton, ambient R&B, grimy drill and hardcore techno, each perfused with her own vocals, varying from diaphanous clouds of gender fluid android accents to louche, ASMR-like whispers.
It’s all anti-banger in effect, deferring the gratification of “big drops” or breakneck drum programming in favour of plaintive but generous grooves and layers of dissonant, processed electronics moving acres of negative space, always leaving room for suggestive doubts and nervy uncertainty.
The four solo parts are strong, shelling the slow, icy fire of distorted dembow drums and percolated vox in Underdog, and with an absorbingly stark, piquant take on south London road rap and Zomby’s Eski grime in Stamina, whereas GS recalls the crooked lean of early Arca and The Letter adopts a floating ambient chamber stance before calving into reggaeton drama.
However, the strongest moment is arguably Flip U, made with Sega Bodega to sound like Jam City working with a blank-eyed Siri.