Run the Length of Your Wildness is a weekly party held at Underground SF in San Francisco, and was the project of friends and 100% Silk lablemates Roche (Ben Winans) and Cherushii (Chelsea Faith). RTLOYW has become a hub for emerging electronic music in the Bay Area. After Cherushii’s tragic passing in the Oakland Ghost Ship fire, Roche teamed up with Hobo Camp Records to release a tribute to Cherushii and Nackt (Johnny Igaz), who also died in the fire. Run the Length of Your Wildness is a four-song collection: two songs by artists we lost and two from friends who mourn their absence.
The record opens with Cherushii’s “The Industrial City.” True to Cherushii’s style, she weaves warm, intricate rhythms into playful synthetic experimentation. The track is wistful and a bit melancholic, encased in glassy resonance. Nackt finishes off side one with “Next,” a stunner that showcases his original talent, and paints a heartbreaking picture of what could have been a prolific career. Nackt demonstrates a natural ability to create truly moving and thoughtful techno music. It’s carefully nuanced, pulsing and propulsive, and a testament to his skill as an artist.
Side B begins with Roche’s “One for Cherushii,” and it’s simply beautiful. Dynamic and hypnotic, it requires repeat listens to take in all the subtle elements the surface with each successive spin. “All That’s Left” by David Last, Cherushii’s partner, closes out the record. It’s a melodic electro-style track, emblematic of the transformative and transportive power of dance music.