The first few listens of Chinese Nü Yr can storm right by you. "Xiangjiao" opens the EP with a blast of itchy footwork—but instead of, say, the Teklife crew's funk and hip-hop samples, Mallagh uses mush-mouthed vocals and trance textures, evoking the like of Noumenal Loom or PC Music. The same is true of "Mametchi / Usohachi," a speedy chop-up featuring childlike vocals that recall SOPHIE's "Hard." As it repeatedly shifts gears between hip-hop and uptempo, the song segues into MC Mr. Yote's rap outro before you realize what's happening.
"Peach Rift," the EP's longest track at five-plus minutes, is where things really get dense. It's like a Rubik's Cube of heavy basslines, chirpy synths and chattering vocals that never quite line up, which can be numbing by the end. Only "Gold Coat" steps back from the high-octane thrills, and it's the EP's low point. Mallagh's strength comes from deftly juggling ideas, so "Gold Coat"'s dubstep-tempo diversion feels like a regression. Otherwise, Chinese Nü Yr is befitting of a debut on a label like Brainfeeder: it sees Mallagh building on his hip-hop foundations in idiosyncratic ways, much in the vein of his best label mates.