Drag is (was?) rarely a visceral experience. The disaffected haunting that defined the genre was intentionally numb to the world, while producing a sound that tried perhaps too hard to emphasize a familiarity with its horrors. With a good pair of headphones, “SFTCR III” from OOBE (short for Out Of Body Experience, obviously) forces your body to react. The kick drums compress your ear canals, something akin to travelling into a deep cavern while the surrounding gothic rave electronics make it sound as though the elevator to the earth's surface may have stopped working. Below the track, out soon on Opal Tapes, watch the great video for OOBE's “Porta Palace” featuring السوق. Our intern who can read Arabic says this translates to El-Souk, which has something to do with food.
- CHART TV