October 17, 2014

She's Drunk
Son Raw
made it

She’s Drunk is a Berlin based producer who isn’t a “she.” Furthermore, I can’t necessarily vouch for his sobriety of lack thereof. Let’s not lose sight of what’s important however: his Physical EP for Liminal Sounds is one of the more interestingly experimental dance releases that’s landed in my inbox recently, one that avoids easy classifications and formulas in favor of an open-ended approach to urban music.

While most of the stuff I cover here makes at least a token effort to state it’s position in the underground dance music landscape, She’s Drunk operates at the intersection of several emerging ideas and skips the definitive genre tags: there’s re-conceptualized Jungle, techy dancehall and R&B sampling club tracks. That’s a lot of ground to cover, and most DJs will find themselves drawing for one track or another, but as a full listening experience, it’s tremendously rewarding. It’s surprisingly cohesive as well: while the EP’s tempos and styles span the gamut, a precise, mechanical sound design ties the tracks together, hinting at Berlin’s Techno history without being beholden to its conventions. In short, it’s the kind of music that creates its own context, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see it pop up in a few existing ones as well.

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