Release Date: Sep 29, 2017
Record label: Brainfeeder
Genre(s): Electronic, Rap, Club/Dance, Experimental Electronic, IDM, Left-Field Hip-Hop, Bass Music, Juke/Footwork
If you’re familiar with UK-based producer Iglooghost, aka Seamus Mallagh, you already know. So skip the review—just go out and buy the album. Let it titillate your senses. But for those who haven’t heard the music of our icy apparition—and there are many—my heart goes out to you. I also envy you. Soon enough, you too will experience his technicolor menagerie with virginal ears. .
Iglooghost is an Irish lad named Seamus Malliagh, and his music appears on Brainfeeder, the Flying Lotus-helmed imprint which often releases abstract hip-hop and jazz, but it could just have easily appeared on an obscure Japanese netlabel like Maltine Records, or experimental meta-pop collective PC Music. Malliagh's productions are giddy, cartoonish, and extremely busy, with densely packed samples and squeaky voices flying around at an impossibly rapid pace. Basically, it sounds like the musical equivalent of the craziest, most complex, and visually stunning video game ever created, with too much happening at one time to mentally process everything, but somehow there's a strange sense of subliminal logic which pushes everything along, and it makes more sense the more time you devote to it.
There is barely a repeated moment on the bizarre Brainfeeder full-length debut from Irish producer Seamus Malliagh, aka Iglooghost. It’s a more radical prospect than it might seem. Put aside the bewildering nature of his actual sounds—painstaking maximalism on a shapeshifting grid—and Neō Wax Bloom is frantically composed. There are no loops at all, and there is rarely a sustained melody to latch onto; that many of his alien-sounding electronic bursts are immediately fleeting makes their novelty all the more jarring.