★★★★ High­way Hyp­no­sis MERGE. CD/DL/LP

Mojo (UK) - - Electronica - Anna Wood

From DC punk to NY hip hop, riot grrl to rave, Wash­ing­ton na­tive Eva Moolchan’s third Sneaks LP has it all.

Play­ful yet dead se­ri­ous is what punk and hip-hop are, and what you have to be if you’re an­gry but you want to pre­serve your san­ity. Sneaks has slinky elas­tic beats and louche mis­chievous de­mands to make Missy El­liott proud on Suck It Like A Whis­tle; sweet­girl vo­cals and stoned pro­duc­tion on Ec­stasy; there’s Al­tern-8 rave stabs among b-girl pis­stak­ing (“I can olly/I can do a 180”) on The Way It Goes and Fugazi-like bass on Holy Cow Never Saw A Girl Like Her; 55 sec­onds of say­ing just that, over and over, with awed de­light. On And We’re Off and A Lil Close she’s the dreamy side of Kath­leen Hanna singing with Three Imag­i­nary Boys-era The Cure. In short, this al­bum has ev­ery­thing and it works.

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