On this split EP with Ithaca, New York's Summer People, HotChaCha favor noisy, experimental post-punk that blends Wire's prickly power with Pere Ubu's post-industrial malaise and Mogwai's hypnotic throb. The band's guitars bristle with scrappy punk intensity, but their tone is dark, moody, and menacing. Jovana Batkovic affects a sultry, indifferent strut on her group's four tracks. Opener "Aoarist" features a lean surf-guitar riff, and the Sonic Youth-like "All Babes Are Wolves" is also a keeper. The Summer People's best cut here, the slinky noirish cabaret-punk "Et Cetera," packs a dirty, late-night trench-coat vibe. It's a complementary listen, but it falls short of HotChaCha's dusky allure. — Chris Parker
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