Formerly known as Inga Copeland during her years with Hype Williams, Alina Astrova a.k.a Lolina is one of the most distinctive electronic composers and voices of her generation. ‘Who Is Experimental Music?’ works an acute right angle to what you know of her music, radically breaking down song structures until they barely resemble any convention, but somehow still recognisable as Lolina songs.
Save for a legible vocal louchely urging you to ‘Let Go’ in the first track, Lolina inhabits the tracks in a much more elusive way than we’re used to. She’s variously expectorated, masticated and hacked-up across the six tracks of severed glitch, grungy bass, and even some mad spin on Indian classical techniques, just not as you may have come to expect from her puckishly melodic avant-pop styles.
Exploring a sort of jilted funk for the enervated generation, Lolina wildly scrabbles between the Biz Markie meets Brinkmann vibes of the opener, to psychotomimetic sample syncopations in ‘Good or Bad’, to sound like Phil Minton in a tumble dryer with ‘Glitching’ and ’Strobing’, and her closer ‘Who is experimental music?’ sounds a bit like like Rian Treanor and Goodiepal on a bender, but ultimately it’s all Lolina, and the maddest thing she’s ever put to record.