Star Eyes readies some “haunted house” just in time for Halloween.
As Star Eyes, nightlife veteran and former XLR8R editor Vivian Host has planted her flag at the intersection of heavy bass and the macabre with her Trouble & Bass compatriots. Her latest EP, Lost Girls, is a furthering of that aesthetic, with the Brooklyn label’s newfound energy at the forefront.
The four-track offering is more focused and less bombastic that 2011’s White Glove EP. The title track runs on 808 rhythms, demonic synth ambience, and, in tribute to illegal warehouse parties of yore, a breathy “I live for drugs” sample. ‘Just Blood’ is Miami bass via Brooklyn: audio-test level sub-bass and the playful energy of those booty bass classics, albeit with “blood” replacing “booty.”
‘Whistle Tip’ is quintessential Trouble and Bass, preferring the shadowy corners of the dance floor rather than the hands-in-the-air center. Likewise, ‘Purple Grape’ lives up to its evocative title, reveling in the g-funk lean of both mid-aughts Bristol dubstep and contemporary cloud rap.
Lost Girls is out October 30 on Trouble & Bass; there’s also a release party the same day with special guest Emalkay. Stream the EP below.
Photo by Raynie Vratari.