Wicked City

Jockstrap - Wicked City
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
User Score
Based on 164 ratings
2020 Ratings: #83
Liked by 5 people
June 19, 2020 / Release Date
EP / Format
Warp / Label
Glitch Pop, Art Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Loud and Quiet

For a sophomore EP, Wicked City packs the oomph of a debut. It’s bold and declarative, while also retaining a sense of mystery.

90
DIY

Every second of ‘Wicked City’ feels meticulously thought through, the huge breadth of sonic terrain the duo cover the result of real care and attention paid at every juncture.

81
Beats Per Minute

Wicked City proves that Jockstrap have no shortage of creativity, as these five tracks have more than enough ideas to fill a whole album.

80
NME

The London duo's mind-bending future-pop is dizzying, discombobulating and unmissable.

80
Clash

Ellery and Skye have created an EP which far surpasses both PC Music and hyperpop. With just five tracks, the pair poke fun at contemporaries in a dissociative genre-mashing project which recounts an effortless dynamic, all without taking themselves too seriously.

75
Pitchfork

Georgia Ellery and Taylor Skye’s head-spinning vocal processing and unusual fusion of influences form a well of deep feeling, even when the meaning is obscured.

70
AllMusic

That willful deconstruction is the entire point, and Wicked City explores the extreme limits of how far a pretty song can be mangled until it crumbles completely. When the experiments are at their most successful, they can be truly transcendent.

JustSomeGuy
76
This is an album that screams polarizing. Just after my first listen, even before looking at the ratings here, I knew that this would be an album that equally amazed some and underwhelmed others. Wicked City is just so... uncanny in its presentation. Even though it doesn't exactly do anything out of the ordinary for a glitch pop record, Jockstrap clearly have their own distinct sound of absolute randomness, going anywhere from conventional glitch pop, conventional singer-songwriter, to a more ... read more
snowman
80
8/10
Wicked City excels in mixing the bizarre & familiar in a consumable 20 minutes.
The opener Robert is the most hip hop influenced even featuring some vocals from Injury Reserve. Right off the bat, these vocals are so off the wall. Super cryptic lyrics that probably mean nothing and voice manipulation that instantly set this apart from any potential contemporaries. I’ll say this now: the production is 10/10 for the entire project.
Next comes Acid; my favorite track in general. ... read more
orangedroog65
90
This is some genre hopping madness.

I ordered the VMP exclusive pressing of this because how could anyone not wanna hang up THAT cover in their bedroom. Also 45 rpm is an immediate draw.

The City’s changeup mid song makes me hope that an LP from jockstrap can be a taste defining album. What a joy to listen to!
Muratka
100
Great interesting sounds. All the musical component here is beautiful.
#BestNewMusic
Valeyard
85
My only complain is: Why so short
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Track List

  1. Robert
  2. Acid
  3. Yellow In Green
  4. The City
  5. City Hell
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Added on: April 30, 2020