Aisha Devi releases a new 12” on the Houndstooth label, the provocatively-titled Conscious Cunt. The balance between femininity and society’s patriarchal bullshit seems to be the emotional focus of the release, supported by dominating electronic productions. Pressed to heavyweight vinyl, limited to 500 copies.
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- Conscious C*nt by Aisha Devi
9/10 Laurie Staff review, 29 July 2015
Here we have a 12” of electronic wonderment, complete with an aggressively alliterative title. Hide this one away from yer kids, Mr. Cameron. In short, this record is amazing. Aisha Devi has created a whirling melancholic semi-techno noisescape featuring bold synthwork, raspy beats and spaced-out samples.
The opener ‘Kim & the Wheel of Life’ features 3am rhythm cycles interspersed with some pretty complex textural shifting, with melodic breaks acting as breathing space. Our descriptions machine Tom described these as “dominating electronic productions” and I’d say that’s pretty accurate. ‘Aurat’ takes a break from introspective thwacking to do some introspective musing in an ambient electronic setting of one of Kishwar Naheed’s poems, the voice morphed through vocoding and the silences between the words filled by detailed synth bursts. Things get downtempo on the final tune, some more post-club vibes coming through (pitched down vocals n all), but with some completely punishing beats and barely a hint of timidness. Devi’s attention to detail gives the whole thing a relentless feel, with new electronic washes emerging constantly. Killer.
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