Subeena – ‘Neurotic / Wishful Talk’ (Opit Records)

Subeena’s ever changing creative output is encapsulated on her latest 12” on her own Opit label. Accompanied by beautifully cosmic artwork; Subeena makes her vocal debut, providing us with a nicely formed double A side
backed with remixes from Night Slugs affiliate Egyptrixx and Cali import Ghosts On Tape.  

Subeena’s ambidextrous style has always kept her far from any kind of real classification; never one to disappoint, Neurotic delivers haunting vocals over strategic tribal beats accompanied by some nicely placed bass fillers. Subeena’s vocals, along with her lyrical content on ‘Neurotic’ are quite reminiscent of some of MIA’s earlier material. Having said that, for a lead track it doesn’t seem entirely sure of its place; it’s definitely not one for the floor, but a good listen none the less.  

Skip forward to the stunning melodic hum of ‘Wishful Talk’; a mixture of tech house, laid-back funk and more of Subeena’s distinctive human audio all supported by a barely detectable sub bass. On the flip, two contrasting remixes. First up is Egyptrixx’s total metamorphosis, where all most of the original track are swallowed up in chainsaw wielding bass hits and a hypnotic loop. Then come Ghosts On Tape, making ‘Wishful Talk’ floor-ready with a 2-step treat that wouldn’t sound out of place in one of Oneman’s sets.

This is altogether a strong EP from Subeena, a fine showcase of her ever-increasing eclecticism and an incredibly brave move for a producer who is not known for putting down their own vocals to do so. You never know what
you’re going to get with this girl, but then, that’s the best thing about her.

Lucinda Runham

‘Neurotic’ / ‘Wishful Talk’ is out now on Opit Records.