Wednesday 14 August 2019

Gabber Modus Operandi - Hey Nafsu

Several weeks back, a grainy cellphone video of a staged fight that seemed like it had come straight out of a martial arts film appeared on my Instagram timeline. After watching the exaggerated and comic stunts for a few seconds, I checked if there was any sound only to be greeted by the screams and dissonant feedback of a punk show. This was my first exposure to Gabber Modus Operandi, an Indonesian duo from Bali who, in addition to making fantastic dance music, also catalog media from various Indonesian subcultures on their Instagram. 

Their own music is unique and eclectic. It draws on each member’s roots in local punk/noise scenes, their love for Chicago footwork, and their investigations into traditional Indonesian styles of music, like dangdut. I loved their track on the SVBKVLT compilation Cache 01, and I’m very excited for their soon-to-be released album, HOXXXYA, but today I wanted to share an older piece: “Hey Nafsu” off 2018’s Puxxximaxxx. The vocal chant of children is met with thundering drums, but what really gets me is the sub-bass. It’s rhythmically offset in a way that feels like an stray shot of adrenaline straight to the heart. Take a listen.

Contributed by K. M. 

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