Nick Weiss and Logan Takahashi, the duo better known as Teengirl Fantasy, have stayed quiet during a year during which many elements that characterize their music have become the norm in left-of-center dance and R&B circles. Last year’s Tracer was an early example of a project that finds experimental dance producers in a free-flowing collaborative soup with like-minded vocalists — before Kelela teamed up with Fade to Mind artists for her Cut 4 Me mixtape or joined Solange on the Saint Heron compilation, for instance, she did the chilly vocals on Tracer highlight “EFX.”
But rather than lean further into a mini-universe they helped facilitate, Weiss and Takahashi have made some of their most straightforward dance music to date on the four-track Nun EP. Where 7AM and Tracer took traditional techno and house and samples of pop songs and smeared them against a hazy holographic wall, this release uses alien sounds within more conventional dance song structures structures. On the EP’s first two tracks, at long last, we have breakbeats and mini-drops, little explosions of groove that would’ve melted into warm synth whimsy in Teengirl Fantasy’s past lives. Weiss and Takahashi have always made dance music on their own terms — and with Nun, they’re shifting what those terms mean again.