Brooklyn’s Wild Kid returns to burgeoning new label 48k with ‘Scream Tape’ — a bold, six-track stream of self-consciousness, written in the midst of “a dense cloud of negative emotions” and inspired by the promise of “emerging healthier on the other side”.
Composed over exactly 90 days and designed to be listened to edge-to-edge, ‘Scream Tape’ unfurls like a wave of emotions, spanning tepid, fractious anxiety (‘Part I, Dec-Jan’, ‘Part II, Jan-Feb’) and flashes of hope (‘Escapist’, ‘Blocked Range’).
Written in chronological order and heavily punctuated by dialogue sampled from anime series ‘Bleach’ — “I’ve watched maybe 300 episodes of that show over the years”, Wild Kid confesses — the tracks are as complex as they are abstract. Jittery and tense, their unpredictable patterns reflect Wild Kid’s inner turmoil; from frantic, spiralling synth-music on ‘Part I, Dec-Jan’ to the ominous, bewitching club hydraulics of ‘OD-2’.
“Up to this point, my songwriting approach had been very meticulous and detail-oriented”, Wild Kid explains, “so I wanted to try doing the exact opposite; it proved to be a freeing experience.”
An immersive, hyper-technical trip, Wild Kid’s ‘Scream Tape’ details music as therapy, exploring the outer limits of club and anti-club aesthetics in the process.