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Neo Wax Bloom by Iglooghost

Iglooghost

Neo Wax Bloom

Release Date: Sep 29, 2017

Genre(s): Electronic, Rap, Club/Dance, Experimental Electronic, IDM, Left-Field Hip-Hop, Bass Music, Juke/Footwork

Record label: Brainfeeder

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Album Review: Neo Wax Bloom by Iglooghost

Excellent, Based on 4 Critics

PopMatters - 90
Based on rating 9/10

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. .

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AllMusic - 80
Based on rating 8/10

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.

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Pitchfork - 73
Based on rating 7.3/10

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.

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Exclaim - 70
Based on rating 7/10

Two years after his teenage debut and release of his first EP, Iglooghost is back with Flying Lotus's Brainfeeder imprint to release his debut LP, Neō Wax Bloom. Like the former, his latest release is cartoonish — both in story and sound — and has the listener following the journey of a pair of giant eyeballs that have crashed into the strange world of Mamu. Again, it sounds ridiculous, but it's entirely apt in framing Iglooghost's sound as a story.   Neō Wax Bloom is the epitome of busy, but Iglooghost is still able to produce ….

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