The US producer shows off her versatility on a wide-ranging five-tracker
California-based Madam Bliss returns with a five-track EP that covers an impressive range of musical ground.
Opener Hoodz opens with hesitant, stuttered synths before a rastaman vocal sample heralds the arrival of the devastating bass drop that is the track's backbone, firing dose after dose of low-Hz energy through the synapses while reversed synths, snare fills and other microsounds drift in and out the mix. But the following track, Bossanova Bitch, sees a marked change of pace, being a lounge-y affair that sits somewhere between uneasy listening and trip-hop, albeit still underpinned by truly cavernous bass. Elsewhere, High Like Planes is a glitchy, twitchy abstract affair, Lifted is in a similar vein but with something of a carnival vibe, before the EP's closed out by Saxy Wax, a Middle Eastern-tinged throbber that's easily the most accessible track on the EP.
Open-minded bass music fans with an ear for the inventive will find much to enjoy here.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: Out now
Review Score: 8