Provocative but irritating synth workouts on Powell's label.
Mature Single Despots builds on Smacker's debauchery with imaginary characters "ready to start looking for love." The music moves even further from steady tempo or regular song structures. "Pull Daddy's Finger" is an assault of bouncing and curling synth pans and screeches. There's a drum rhythm somewhere, but it feels less to keep time than to emphasise the other instrumentals. "Toothless Sucker" is the most danceable track, where a hardstyle square wave supports gassy signals that never settle.
There are other producers—Galen Tipton, RRUCCULLA, Cromulon Twins and others on the Deskpop label—channeling the bonkers, post-footwork structures of Iglooghost and Foodman through queer, femme or cute aesthetics. Handy's vibe is more muscular. And while Mature Single Despots feels provocative, ultimately, it's irritating.