Track Of The Day: ZAND – ‘Slut Money’

A defiant, savage pop tune that celebrates self-autonomy and body positivity, ZAND has shared their latest single ‘Slut Money’. The self-described “ugly pop” star is taking aim at slut shamers on their new track, knocking down the haters with their gritty beats, sweet vocals and candid rap verses.

“While it’s a tongue-in-cheek bop, I wrote it as a liberating bite back at whorephobes,” ZAND explains about the new single. “[It’s] an ode to the community, as well as it being empowering for anyone who’s been judged for demonstrating their right to bodily autonomy and sexual liberation.” The Blackpool-born producer delivers these thoughts via unapologetic lyrics and dense beats on ‘Slut Money’.

“Why you complaining when it’s not your body?” ZAND repeatedly asks, reiterating the problem that patriarchal society has with judging the bodies of women and non-binary people. ZAND has a simple message for the haters though – “fuck you, pay me” – which is deftly delivered throughout the track. ZAND rightfully celebrates using your body in whatever way you want to, and unapologetically tells those who find it offensive exactly where to go.

Listen to ‘Slut Money’ below and follow ZAND on Instagram and Spotify for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

ALBUM: Gordian Stimm – ‘Your Body In On Itself’

A raw, experimental new offering; Gordian Stimm‘s debut album, Your Body In On Itself, is a vivid electronic exploration of bodily autonomy. Released via independent Leicester-based label Amateur Pop, Stimm (aka Maeve Westall of itoldyouiwouldeatyou) has crafted six unpredictable, intriguing soundscapes that range from uplifting and melodic, to sparse and unusual.

At times reminiscent of early Passion Pit or Crystal Castles, Stimm’s record is a visceral collection of distorted, yet dance-able beats. Opener ‘Bleeding Out In a Septic Tank’ hosts six dense minutes of erratic synth textures, and a blend of both mangled and clear vocals, that will either alienate, or invite listeners in to their obscure vision. The edgy, disjointed beats and scratchy, soaring electronics of ‘Pia Mater (Sorry Mate)’ see Stimm extrapolating on the “retail price of emotional labour” and the fear of failure with an unexpected buoyancy.

The ominous, yet oddly uplifting ‘Miscellaneous Body Parts’ shows Stimm at their best; mixing the foreboding and the freeing together in one track. The dark, yet humourous images of tapeworms burrowing into spines on ‘The Very Best Of Friends’ provides a strange distraction, before the crashing beats and overlapping vocals of penultimate track ‘Song For Self Help’ disorientates listeners further. The atmospheric, kaleidoscopic sounds of ‘Synthetic Retinas’ close the record, stimulating the senses right until the last beat.

There’s an enjoyable violence underscoring Stimm’s vision; a gleeful, sometimes painful dissecting of the self, and the social cues that either help construct or dismantle it. Your Body In On Itself is a bold, surreal listen from a bold, surreal artist; and one we highly recommend.

Follow Gordian Stimm on Spotify and Bandcamp.

Photo Credit:@trashjinni

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut