Yikii & Dasychira are releasing EP Bubble Wrap Armor via New York’s UNSEELIE on July 12, with preview track ‘Faerie Circus Waltz’ premiering on AQNB today. The respective South African and Chinese producers struck up a long-distance friendship about a year ago, collaborating musically between their Brooklyn and Changchun bases online, while sending each other sculptures and jewellery via post.
The resulting record title came from the masses of bubble wrap used in protecting these physical tokens, while also inspiring the EPs theme of healing from feelings of isolation. Featuring tracks like ‘Future Tell’, ‘Laser Star’ and one with Baltimore producer Sentinel called ‘Doll’s Library’, the EP combines the eerie melancholy of Yikii’s atmospheric production with the tactile, shadowy emboss of Dasychira’s own approach. ‘Faerie Circus Waltz’ is the most creepy-dazzling of the three, with Yikii’s breathy vocal sighing the words of a poem over off-kilter polyrhythms and carnivalesque melodies.**