Release Date: May 11, 2018
Record label: Houndstooth
Most electronic music chases the motion of the body, but Aïsha Devi is more interested in the subtle noise that rises from the body in stillness. Since dropping her Kate Wax moniker and co-founding the label Danse Noire, the Swiss producer has intertwined her experimental computer compositions with her meditation practice. She doesn't make dance music; she makes music that sounds like the body forgetting itself, losing feeling in the extremities as mind and breath conjoin.
Electronic music aimed at mainstream club culture is just as bad as any other kind of mass-appeal pop music. Its rules are every bit as restrictive and creatively stifling. Artists like Aïsha Devi — out to redefine what club music can (and arguably should) sound like — have an important role to play in pushing the music forward. To that end, the Nepalese-Tibetan artist co-founded a label called Danse Noir in support of the alt-club scene in 2013. Her own work comes to us on Houndstooth.