Boomkat Product Review:
Wanton Witch debuts with a brace of surrealist, haphazard airlock club deconstruxxions that sound as android and alien as SVBKVLT's treasured catalog and as mischievous and exuberant as Lotic, E-Saggila or Ziúr. Properly future, properly damaged, properly güd: grotesque electronix for fetish clubs, strip clubs or LAN parties.
Opening with the disembodied clatter of a distant Brazilian rhythm and a warped Ha crash that mutates into pressurized trap, Wanton Witch's self-titled debut album shouts is message from the rooftops. The producer and DJ was born in Malaysia on Borneo Island, in an isolated community where she learned to appreciate sound and performance. But it wasn't until moving to Bangkok that she would develop her taste for trap, techno and deconstructed club. There, she co-founded the NON NON NON queer collective, now a nightlife staple for the Thai capital. This thirst, passion and relentlessly brave expression colors every moment of the album, in its heaving, rapidly-morphing rhythms, its flickering synth melodies and its kinetic, body-shaking movement.
From the winking queer club references on 'Daddy's Girl' and the robotic chant of "IDENTITY" on 'Do I Pass' to the crawling neo-gabber intensity of 'Looping Projection of You' and the wonked Asian disco of closer 'The Beautiful Trauma of Being', there's a vivid humor to Wanton Witch's approach. Aware of the solipsism of so much queer art, the album almost lampoons the premise, folding Wanton Witch's experience into the music but razing it to digital dust in the same breath. It's self-aware music, that's been assembled with a DJ's mindset and the sensitivity of an artist who has an intimate relationship with the sensuality of sound and the nature of presentation.
These are tracks we can imagine seeping from the cursed speakers of some sex dungeon in Central Europe just as easily as they could be poised on the main stage at Unsound or a catwalk in New York City. It's transgressive, cynical and deliriously psychedelic music, a molten cauldron of IDM, R&B, hard dance, techno and foley noise. And with Wanton Witch guiding the rudder, it's never merely an exercise in aesthetic. In fact, it makes us crave a dark room more than we have in ages.