There is a raw-as-fuck aesthetic to this EP that places it in the oil-stained concrete sarcophagus of the Midwest and also my heart. So surprises all around when I found out Annika Wolfe (which is maybe the coolest name for a musician since Howlin’ Wolf) is from the West Coast rather than the Third.

Chiques Funk will drop an anchor on the map for wherever Annika is, with three tracks of incredibly raw and blistering techno tracks. “Drama” has the architecture of classic DJ Funk, with gated reverb 808-style beats that hit hard and drop out almost as soon as they do. You can’t doubt the bounce on “Flavor” either. Annika drops in samples just right — they hit, you don’t really hear them and then they loop about 15,000 times until you can’t hear anything else. A small work of genius, its.

Annika Wolfe: Chiques Funk (Motech Records / July 2021 / Digital)
1. Annika Wolfe: Drama (5:41)
2. Annika Wolfe: Flavor (5:41)
3. Annika Wolfe: Chiques Funk (4:45)

⚪️ Disclosure Statement: This record was submitted as a promo on behalf of the label.



This was originally published in 5 Mag issue 191: The Mission with Soul Clap, Nona Hendryx, 15 years of Burial & more. Support 5 Mag by becoming a member for just $1 per issue.




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