Intel Mercenary & Wilted Woman - IMWW
Two great minds on one tape, Wilted Woman and Intel Mercenary at the controls with one side of original productions each us, giving us 2 x 30ish mins of goodness from via Bristol-London-NYC-via-Berlin, packaged in an excellent way, and ready to blast out of your hifi these late summer nights (*and beyond!)
Intel Mercenary is up first, dropping us a debut release made up of a very vibey instrumental mixtape of nearly lost dubs, coming with RnB, Rap & grime-leaning rhythms, and depth charged footwork stylings in a meditative, introspective kind of way, but by all means fit for high volume, and plenty subwoofer, proper low ridin' biz.
Wilted Woman takes over the flipside with a perfectly skewed-lens, kaleidoscopic ride through arpeggiating warpspeed ambience and hallucinogenic dream time bangers, the particular style of world-melding, freeform sound-cruising attitude she is renowned for from releases on labels such as Psychic Liberation, Palto Flats, Unifactor and more.
Both sides compliment each other in the way that they don't harbour on the same sound or attitude, but they both have definite drive, forward momentum and each side is loaded with a charged kind of melodic, rhythmic energy and plenty introspection to keep things anchored. It's a unique combo, and a nice showcase of labels bringing people together from all walks and area codes, to manifest something and cultivate communication.
...ere we go, this is what the label say:
'2 sides of original productions from Intel Mercenary and Wilted Woman.
On the A side IM channels grime music through ghosts of chipped Playstations and a kind of outsider quality that maybe comes from a move from inner city London to BS10 outer edges of Bristol as a teenager.
‘I grew up in New Cross, went to school in Deptford where most people hung out when not on the estate in NC. The Music is all made between 2016 & 2018. These were just sat dormant on the MPC since then. Back in the day I DJ'ed for the Block Kidz, a group started by N.E. of the Essentials crew. It had Little D, P Money, Blacks and a few other MC's part of it. I got burgled and that did it for me, I stopped spinning records.’
The tracks have a kind of lost in time quality maybe partly due to the 16bit compressed sound of the MPC recalling everything from Detroit techno to Soichi Terada’s Ape Escape soundtrack and of course straight out the car boot Wiley Kat era whitelabel productions.
On the B side Berlin based New Yorker Wilted Woman moves through a uniquely personal blown out and dubbed take on everything from techno to bedroom pop and lonely synth meltdowns.
Recorded during a period of C-19 isolation in a flat with no internet the tracks exist in a similar club-not-club , bedroom-not-bedroom hinterland as the A side - managing to perfectly capture the flip flop of (fever) dreams of the club and all-too-much moments of quiet self reflective psychedelia. Even the most dance-y tracks have a lurching, dreamlike quality to them that makes them feel reassuringly human and strangely tender.
Most definitely one to let run through all the way, perfect for late night walks through the graveyard / staring at the walls / dreaming of (but not actually bringing yourself to go to) the club.'
Cop this and support a great crew / get the chance to hear a great thing.
Printed J-Card & Onbody stickers.
Includes DL Code.
Intel Mercenary - Clip 1
Intel Mercenary - Clip 2
Wilted Woman - Clip 1
Wilted Woman - Clip 2