Listening to any of the 16 bursts of 8-bit energy that comprise N8NOFACE’s forthcoming LP Homicide, you get the sense that a reference point or two aren’t nearly enough to sum up the Tucson-reared artist’s unique sound and aesthetic. Proper nouns ranging from Ministry to Ween to Sleaford Mods litter his press materials—all of which feel apt, but not nearly descriptive enough for his equal parts proto-punk and industrialist take on electroclash. Perhaps the best way to put it is that he’s on the verge of a month-long tour with Ho99o9, a cult-like rap group who’ve sucked a dizzying variety of guest artists into their ever-expanding world, most recently enlisting Travis Barker, Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, and Bun B on a remarkably focused LP.
While Homicide keeps things considerably tighter within N8’s more confined vision for his project, the nebulous nature of the project makes it the perfect fit for the bill. On the heels of the spacey album closer “On My Side” and the rousing “A Joy in Death,” the latest sample of the record comes with the buzzing chaos of early-album cut “Fala,” which—like many of the album’s tracks—falls short of the one-minute mark. Yet it’s just enough time to demonstrate that punk/industrial balance. Stream it below, and pre-order Homicide here.