Two years ago, producer Iglooghost emerged on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder imprint as a teenager with his EP ‘Chinese Nü Year’. Across four tracks, he documented the time-travelling adventures of a gelatinous worm-shaped creature called Xiangjiao. Sound bizarre? Well, Iglooghost hasn’t toned down the levels of conceptual weirdness for their upcoming debut album. ‘Neō Wax Bloom’ is due out on 29th September, and promises to expand on his world by following the events surrounding two giant eyeballs crashing into the mysterious world of Mamu.
As Iglooghost puts it: “A life cycle of transforming creatures is thrown off balance, and the odd looking inhabitants of Mamu are forced to adapt to this calamity. These inhabitants include Yomi - a multicoloured pom-pom monk; Lummo - a wise blind witch training a band of melon coloured babies; and Uso - a sneaky bug thief hidden in a green cloak - as well as many others”. For a first taster of what to expect from the LP, he’s introducing us to ‘Bug Thief’ Uso. And yeah, it’s just as batshit crazy as you’d expect.
Though things kick off relatively calmly, ‘Bug Thief’ soon descends into a cacophony of swirling synths, stabbing beats and shimmering melodies that wrap around each other like a video game soundtrack from the 90s put through a hyperdub spin-cycle and given some acid for good measure. There’s flickers of FlyLo’s most genre-bending, quick-fire moments embedded within the reverberating chaos, but through a combination of hyperactive sounds and warped vocals, he creates something that’s all his own. If Uso the bug thief went about his business in such a raucous way then he’d be put in jail in a flash. Luckily the only thing Iglooghost is likely to steal here is your heart. And probably your brain too.