Boomkat Product Review:
Maya Bouldry-Morrison aligns with Honey Soundsystem for an autobiographical album of breakbeat house and elastic techno.
Returning to the album format for a second time, ‘Where Are We Going?’ finds Octo Octa directly addressing the transitioning process she’s undertaken in recent years. The way she does this is subtle, using track titles or vocal samples to influence the listener’s thought process, resulting in an album of retro-leaning club cuts rich in intimacy and personal feeling. This is an album full of nuggets for the DJs, Bouldry-Morrison confidently building on the rough promise previously exhibited across records for 100% Silk, Running Back and Argot.
Classic dancefloor tropes are implemented with ease throughout, Move On (Let Go) (De-stress Mix) one of several instances where Octo Octa builds bliss from an oft-used breakbeat sample. The shamefully short No More Pain (Promises To A Younger Self) brilliantly mangles Mariah Carey into a two-minute maelstrom of cluttered hip house, whilst Fleeting Moments Of Freedom (Wooo) breaks down the deep house burn with multiple spin backs.