‘Welcome to my world, bitch’ says LVRA as the electronic flutter that opens the EP gives way to a speaker-shaking bass. ‘Hope you like it.’ With influences from euro trance and happy hardcore into keyed-up neon hyperpop, the 23-year-old producer takes on some big weighty stuff in the seven tracks of this EP. Themes of the relationship between religion and capitalism, the dehumanisation of the daily grind, and the power of bodily autonomy all smash full force at the speaker, propelled by a bassy rush and the sheer force of her attitude.
‘venom’, a co-production with TAAHLIAH, is a foul-mouthed, full-throated roar of a track. Finding strength and community in the queer club scene, it slinks with sleazy confidence and a sledgehammer of a guest verse from Spent. Soft like steel is an overwhelming sensory assault of an EP, full of uncompromising and determined hedonism, like smashing windows with bricks painted with glitter.