Golden Features
SECT


4.0
excellent

Review

by Rudy K. STAFF
August 9th, 2018 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Meathook house.

Australian electronic dance music has been having a moment for what seems like the past few years, a trend highlighted by the genre-hopping, main-stage baiting Flume and one that a cynical observer could certainly say is a disease the rest of the globe had already contracted. There’s your typical HARD and Tomorrowland acts in Alison Wonderland and the Stafford Brothers, the aggressively chipper pogo-ing of the Melbourne bounce house scene, and the bevy of generally house-oriented, Triple J-championed artists that have been playing the club and festival circuit like Anna Lunoe, Yolanda Be Cool, and Nina Las Vegas. SECT, the debut LP from Tom Stell aka Golden Features, won’t do anything to dissuade critics of the cliché that Australia is perpetually one step and vast oceans behind everyone else when it comes to breaking new ground. At least right off the bat, anyways: opener “Always” apes Daft Punk in its mechanized vocal motif and is a brutal bit of no-frills house that relishes in a template Ed Banger perfected over a decade ago. Nor does single “Falling Out,” the first track with substantive vocals, come across as anything more than vintage Miike Snow on some particularly dirty ecstasy. Upon diving into SECT a bit further, though, Stell’s minimal style and penchant for foreboding, efficiently propulsive house showcase a surprisingly inspired producer.

“Medicate" demonstrates what Golden Features does best, beginning as a haunting bit of industrial, almost ambient noise with a detached, distorted vocal that rather violently swoops into a punishing bit of hard electro. The main beat itself is spartan but muscular, a technique amped up by the focus on a massive syncopated bass, a walloped cowbell, and a synth riff garroted before it can go anywhere. “Runner” similarly indulges in an ominous buildup that reverts into a straightforward blast of house, a relentless four-on-the-floor beat meant to grind the lower end of the frequency into rubble. It’s a sound that hasn’t been in vogue in quite some time, but Golden Features puts enough of a vicious spin on it to produce a record that sounds fresh. SECT’s most recognizable trait is Stell’s ability to project a beat like a fish hook, one that latches itself in your gut before viscerally tugging, sometimes ripping, away once the lure is properly set. Even on a comparatively chill track like “Woodcut,” Rromarin’s wispy guest vocals merely serve as a complement to that grimy, persistent low end percolating below the melody.

The last few cuts confirm Golden Features’ true forebears; more so, at least, than any of his continental contemporaries. “Renewal” is almost single-minded in its attempt to recreate the best of French chain-smoker Gesaffelstein’s dungeon-oriented techno, blaring warning alarms and a merciless, ferocious beat. “Everything” and “1991,” meanwhile, blow out the artillery to almost cinematic proportions. The former is all forward motion, carrying a nicely complicated percussion track, pummeling bass, and a faint tinge of hopelessness accentuated by that repeated lyrical accusation. “1991,” meanwhile, is a horror show of a comedown, skronking carnival horns sidling up to a chopped-up melody that circles back in and around like an ouroboros. Both tracks serve as appropriately abrasive homages to SebastiAn, an artist that never met an electro trope he couldn’t distort and subvert. Golden Features isn’t reinventing the wheel quite yet, but there are worse artists to draw inspiration from. For now, SECT introduces a distinctive enough sound to make the future enticingly dark.




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klap
Staff Reviewer
August 9th 2018


11954 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

check out the album here: https://soundcloud.com/golden-features



250 reviews woot

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Arcade
Staff Reviewer
August 9th 2018


74 Comments


amazing to think i've heard this guy nonstop in clubs and at festivals over the last two years and i still can't tell you a single song of his

Digging: Travis Scott - Astroworld

klap
Staff Reviewer
August 9th 2018


11954 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ya tbh he doesn't really strike me as a singles guy. most of the DJs i see live i'd probs be the same as you - i think i can count how many times i've seen black madonna live on two hands this past year but don't know any of "her" songs by name lol. that's just the medium imo

SowingSeason
Moderator
August 9th 2018


27558 Comments


Congrats on the milestone and excellent review

Digging: mewithoutYou - (Untitled) E.P.

WatchItExplode
August 9th 2018


5771 Comments


You managed to describe an electronic album in a way that gave ME a good sense of the sound. Quite the feat. Props to Klap.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
August 9th 2018


3910 Comments


Woah, I didn't know anyone actually knew about these guys all that much. This was such a surprise to me, I wasn't expecting it to be this great.

klap
Staff Reviewer
August 9th 2018


11954 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I ride for your country Silveri

mindleviticus
August 9th 2018


9523 Comments


well if this has the klap seal of a approval it's on my radar

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
August 11th 2018


3910 Comments


So so so so this sounds like Moderat I realized and Moderat are the fucking bomb so it makes sense why I like this so much. Just clean AF production and hypnotic as hell.

Flashmobba
August 13th 2018


893 Comments


what a sexy album

Feather
August 13th 2018


4652 Comments


saosin?

percyforward
August 13th 2018


76 Comments


what are some other sexy albums flashmobba

Flashmobba
August 13th 2018


893 Comments


weeelll sexy is a very broad descriptor, sexy like this id recommend mezzanine by Massive Attack

Winsomniac
August 14th 2018


8510 Comments


Sheeeit congrats on the big 250 rude dawg.

It's kind of weird to think that we've still never met in person, hah

klap
Staff Reviewer
August 15th 2018


11954 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

moderat is not a touchstone i had thought of but that fits really well, cheers alex



wins this is true. it's even more offensive when i see you going to climbing gyms in my hood

chug73
August 15th 2018


3558 Comments


Makes me wanna go to Cloud 9 and be a ratty cunt

Winsomniac
August 15th 2018


8510 Comments


I'm Sender One Staff lmao, lmk when you're free and we'll climb some shit.

Also, as far as this album goes, I'm a fan but can't handle more than a song or two at once.



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