Boomkat Product Review:
Unclassifiable mutant bass innovator Amozondotcom comes correct once again with a devastating plate for her and Siete Catorce's Subreal imprint. Her labyrinthine dancefloor variations are a futuristic mid-point between early airlock electronix and post-dubstep hard-swung club pressure. So good.
Sometimes less is more. Stella Ahn's productions are anything but simple, but the LA-based producer refuses to complicate her productions with clutter. Each sound on 'War Bride' is tweaked to perfection, and Ahn is unafraid of harnessing the void-like power of negative space. On 'Most Foreign Country', she paints synthetic squeals over clattering drums, before dragging in a swooping bass womp that coulda been swiped from any number of early DMZ. But Ahn's not pushing some kinda tru-skool dubstep revival, her music is lithe and fluid, grabbing the guiding push of bleep variants and skeletal bass wobblers and forming those loose threads into her own distinct sound.
Anyone that heard her idiosyncratic, genre-fluxing 'Mirror River' and 'Vague Currency' EPs should know broadly what to expect, and 'War Bride' refines her sound to a fine razor's edge of musical precision and thematic coherence. 'Household Deity' bends an inebriated syncopated rhythm into psychedelic robotic vocal wails and curling Radiophonic trance oscillations heralding a drop that's re-conxtualizes played-out dancefloor expectations, eventually dissolving into ear-bending police sirens. 'Body and Soul' is more restrained, inserting guttural clicks and hand drums around flicker'd synthetic atmospheres and timewarping low-end womps.
Utterly compelling lo-lite club music from one of the most exciting producers operating right now.