An exploration of spiritual identity and femininity, the new EP titled ‘Conscious Cunt’ from Swiss-born, Nepalese-Tibetan electronic producer Aïsha Devi is the latest release to come from fabric’s Houndstooth label. Besides founding her Swiss-based imprint, Danse Noire, releasing leftfield electronic music from the likes of IVVVO and Vaghe Stelle, Devi’s latest solo productions are further testament to her personal evolution. Devi’s reconnection with her origins meant a newly formed approach to music production under her birth name. “‘Conscious Cunt’ embodies different perspectives on womanhood and the dichotomy between materialistic femininity under societal pressure and spirituality.” Devi says. “It’s an EP about sluts, awareness, death, and women in a patriarchal society… enlightenment, violence, resistance, mothers, daughters, consciousness, Guy Debord, Vedas and eternity. It’s also a high-five to my grandmother who raised me and passed away early this year.” Heavily influenced by her dedicated practice of meditation, Devi’s work is often visceral and ritualistic, fusing her intense, warped vocal samples with sombre, and at times industrial instrumentation. “I’ve been meditating for six years and it has a huge influence on my music. In my way of production, the practice has transformed me, opened my cosmos, expanded my skills, extended the knowledge that I’m modulating in music.” Devi says. “My voice and my machines are the vibrations of my soul, mind, and body and out of body explorations. Both meditation sessions and music production merged into one same ritual.” This meditative process extends into the live experience where she incorporates the overtone and guttural chanting techniques she learned, as a healing method through frequencies. The lead track, ‘Kim & The Wheel of Life’ is a whirling melodic vortex of echoing synths underlaid by deep rumbling kicks and melancholic undertones before morphing into a vocal-centric piece.
Aïsha Devi: Conscious Cunt
Kim & the Wheel of Life Aisha Devi
Aurat (Tool) Aisha Devi
The Saviour on Spilled Blood Aisha Devi
Nice as well:
Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar Raga Yaman (Rudra Veena // Seattle // 15 March 1986) Ideologic Organ