Find Out What Happens When People Stop Being Polite, And Start Getting Real
De Stijl No Cat
Much-anticipated album from this ‘mysterious’ London duo who work in a liminal zone that’s somewhere between primitive psychedelic ritual, hazy H-Pop and screwed and chopped hip-hop technologies. Find Out What Happens... crosses a selection of re-worked material that originally appeared on their limited to circa 50 copies CD-R S.E.A.L/Acid Elle Vol. 6 that was only available from Volcanic Tongue with new material that pushes further into narcotic electronica with fat basslines and Kraut synth patterns that have a spectral nocturnal aspect that isn’t quite dub and that feels more informed by lo-fi tape stylings and fucked-up computer speakers than Upsetter studio moves. Their cover of Sade’s “Sweetest Taboo” is truly inspired and ranks alongside Daniel Lopatin’s memory vague take on “Lady In Red” as one of the defining H-Pop moments and here it’s given an even deeper bass-heavy mix that makes it sound even more uncanny. Hype Williams seem to be a major lightning rod for the various contagions that are currently mutating underground sound and this is easily their most accomplished statement to date, sounding simultaneously primitive and sophisticated, futuristic and regressive.