Release Title: Lifetime
Label: Bouquet. Records
Cat No: BQT003
Style: Breaks, Acid, House
B1. Karaoke Gurl
B2. Fragile X Theme
Fragile X is an exciting new collaboration between vocalist Inga Schunn and producer Dylan Chase.
The group began in 2019 when Schunn posted an iPhone voice recording on Facebook in which she sang an acapella in her native German. Her friend Chase, who was recording and releasing at that time as Caffeine Worldwide, heard the 30-second clip and immediately asked Schunn, at that time only an acquaintance, if she might like to record something.
Neither of them realized at the time that the first sessions would lead to a debut 4-track EP that capably references as many styles as most full-length albums from established artists, while also setting a blueprint for a project that could go anywhere from here.
The opening track alone, “Lifetime”, opens with a woozy blend of UKG rhythms and Royksopp synths, before giving way to Schunn’s sedate rendition of Daniel Johnston’s “Some Things Last A Long Time” … basically the years 1990–2002 distilled into 5 furious minutes of 5am energy.
Across the whole release, Chase’s productions show the same cinematic flair that made his previous releases on French Press Lounge, Third Try and Human Concrete Block must-haves for your late-night record bag.
A2 “Prix,” with the kind of R&S attitude that would make forebears like LFO or Lone proud, could be the soundtrack for an illegal outback rave or a sunset drive over a Big Sur overpass. The album closer, “Fragile X Theme,” sounds something like if late-90s Bjork was commissioned to soundtrack the movie Hackers with Akai samplers on loan from the Hartnoll brothers.
But the whole release may be overshadowed by the B1, “Karaoke Girl”, a track Schunn and Chase wrote in Mexico City in 2019 after a rough night at a Zona Rosa karaoke bar.
Opening with dripping synths as soft and inviting as the last drink before sunrise, Schunn tells a story of a woman who overstays her invite at an intimate birthday party between friends, taking the mic from the birthday girl and singing “Seal, Rush and Kate Bush” with a “death grip on the mic.”
It’s a bizarre, vivid song for such new artists to have come up with, and the lyrics are underpinned by Chase’s equally adventurous combination of Nordic disco elements with heavily treated bursts of Japanese koto.
The Lifetime EP’s title is a reference to the laborious process that it took to make the record, with multiple recording sessions across two countries followed by endless edits and a Covid 19-related vinyl slowdown bringing its release to a crawl.
But the record itself is a fast-paced, dopamine rush debut that we are proud to share with you as both the culmination of a long process, and the beginning of a strange new story.