Boomkat Product Review:
Ultra late night and streetlit collab from two of Portland’s key electronic reinterpreters. These 60 minutes and 18 tracks are all fully live, born out of a couple of sessions fueled by kush, coffee and tonnes of LaCroix pink grapefruit Soda Water. “Zirconia Reign” is an organic manifestation of imagery and psychic connection from their collective experiences living in Portland, working as civil servants for the more desolate and bleak suburban areas. Connecting the disparities between the urban/suburban divide in a place renowned as an “alt” mecca with a stack of synths, sequencers and drum-pads, dip into post-Internet oasis of signifiers fused in banality; video games, and electronic music of the past and present, a pioneer of the virtual/real consciousness reflected in our Cascadian utopae. Morphing familiar but distant ideals from icy R&B, futuristic funk, and more recent rave/electronic domains, the singular experience of “Zirconia Reign” is post-ironic and bathed in reverence and high gloss simulation, honed in collective isolation by pervasive overcast weather.