Mute – February 14th
Australian-born, London-rooted producer, HAAi – real name Teneil Throssell – links with legendary imprint Mute for a new EP, and it refuses to disappoint. Six tracks of sweaty, cramped, digital hedonism, it makes her predilection for working the room with a penchant for sound design that pairs industrial tones with something rather more playful.
Opening with ‘Don’t Flatter Yourself Love’ – its spacious arrangement akin to a soundsystem slowing leering into life – the EP moves through warped heads-down techno chuggers, Aphex-leaning atmospherics, and the subtle dub-inflected sparsity of ‘6666’. Probing yet light-spirited, HAAi refuses to be hemmed in. Ending with that magnificent title track, she is truly laying down a marker, following those sought-after London residences with a fine, nuanced, and endlessly exhilarating new EP.
Photo by Jenn Five.