Review: Favoring emotional expressionism and intense beats, Catnapp is pushing the boundaries of electronic music with a unique and bold take on songwriting and production. Her music and live shows are both challenging and highly relatable, as she combines cutting-edge millennial aesthetics with openhearted lyricism and barely filtered feelings. Very much an Monkeytown alumni, this Damage EP follows her 2019 Break LP with this selection of tracks pushing the limits of vocal distortion, bass mechanics and future trance to R&B and experimental sub-pop. A self-taught sound engineer, her songs speak of toxic relationships and deception, of artistic growth, and standing up for yourself. They denounce fake friends and shallow scenesters; confessional listening from start to finish.
Review: Amparo Battaglia's Catnapp moniker is really gaining momentum, as of late, and not just for us, but for the wider millennial bass movement. The sounds and tones used are expansive, touching upon many different aspects of rave couture, and it's no wonder that Germany's magnificent Monkeytown Recordings have taken the producer on. Her recent EP, Fear, is remixed by a trio of apt names, starting with Pander Mannerfelt, who comes through with a surprisingly deep and progressive mix, while Umru bangs out the bass bullets good and proper, leaving PAN's MESH to offer the most somber, most pensive version of the original, sounding very close to what we could tag as 'post-wave'.
Review: Much like Throwing Shade, the sounds of Berlin's Catnapp have a tendency to blend electronic and r&b in fine style. Neo-pop could go some way in explaining it, but we like to talk in technical terms, and the fact that Monkeytown Records have snapped her up is enough for us to feel safe about the prospects of some reliable bass-weight. In fact, although "No Cover" can be enjoyed as a harmless pop tune, almost hummable in its sway and vocal mannerisms, there resides a wicked gust of bass underneath its wings, while "Easy" much more poignantly stars its position as a cold-cut slice of bass music, twisting and falling apart amid harsh beats and distorted vocals from Catnapp herself.
Review: Catnapp (real name Amparo Battagliaa) is a live act from Buenos Aires, Argentina, now based in Berlin. She combines breakbeat, drum and bass, electronic, pop, rapping and other genres. Amparo cites classic influences like The Prodigy, Aphex Twin, OutKast or Beyonce, while her productions also draw from today's post-internet and post-rap sounds. Her new release for Monkeytown entitled Fear is her most focused and on point release yet, featuring an untamed DIY aesthetic on five tracks ranging from grim slowcore trap like on "Armed" to bright-eyed futurist R&B on Fade (feat Dabow) Fade (feat Dabow).