Release Date: Aug 19, 2016
Record label: Planet Mu
Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock, Club/Dance, Experimental Electronic, Garage Rap/Grime, Bass Music
WWWINGS are a mysterious trio of producers (known only as Lit Internet, Lit Eyne, and Lit Daw) who reside in former Soviet Union countries and met on a Russian social networking site. After forming the collective in 2015, they began releasing online EPs and instantly gained a following among fans of cutting-edge electronic music with their aggressive, startling sound incorporating elements of trap, industrial, grime, and numerous other styles. The group's heavily detailed, panoramic tracks seem to violently burst from the dark, assaulting the listener with smashing glass, whirring surveillance cameras, and severely fractured beats.
WWWINGS exists only on the internet. Just a year ago, producers LIT INTERNET (formerly Yung Internet), LIT DAW (formerly Usermane) and LIT EYNE (formerly Gradientkid) reformed their production trio after dissolving BWWWOYS, a short-lived project that worked with the Russian label Hyperboloid. The three members, all between the ages of 18 and 25, live in Ukraine, Sibera and the Russian Far East, and have never met in person.
Conceived of in post-Soviet countries and born of an interest in reflecting the struggles faced by those in creative fields (with opposing viewpoints than those of the government), WWWINGS and the shared experiences of its members (Lit Internet, Lit Eyne and Lit Daw) are expressed in their album, PHOENIXXX. It would be easy to dismiss the release as noise, an agitating collection of discordant sounds, but while PHOENIXXX is unsettled and unsettling, that's reflective of its industrial and dystopian bent; it's an interesting auditory tour of pockets of life in post-Soviet states. Rather than offer coherent, cohesive works, WWWINGS give their listeners suggestions or implications of what their tracks encompass through amalgamated, compressed, layered noises and sounds: bullets whizzing past, glass shattering, explosions, the clang of a cash register or hollow ring of a bell.
WWWings drop some new, often revelatory track on their Soundcloud site at a dizzying rate of once or twice a week. They’ve had a couple of EP-ish releases as well, but Phoenix represents their first attempt to bottle all that momentum into an album format. Their style of music is tricky to formalize into larger statements. Their logo and cover art presumes the sanguinary façade of metal band, but the music inside is something apart from gruff vocals and doom-laden riffage.