Houndstooth: Aïsha Devi announces first album since 2018, 'Death is Home'
"It will heal human spleen in the clubs," the artist says of the second single, a collaboration with Kenyan artist Slikback.
Swiss-Nepalese producer, vocalist and Danse Noire label owner Aïsha Devi returns with new album ‘Death is Home’ via London label Houndstooth out November 10th on vinyl and digital formats. It's her first LP in 5 years and her most personal work yet.Today she shares new single featuring Kenyan experimental artist Slikback, 'Dimensional Spleen'.
Devi explains on the single: "I always create a track with the idea of transcendence in mind. Slikback is an amazing producer and a magician DJ who always transmits a sense of elevation. We’re on the same wavelength trying to fuse matter and intangible, I’m sure it will heal human spleen in the clubs." Totally matching with Slikback's thought of trying "to channel ideas of a hopeful dream during this collaboration. A definite honour working with one of my favourite artists of all time."
Aïsha Devi nurtures an idiosyncratic approach to her music. She describes her sound as Aetherave, and uses bass-heavy club motifs and intentional aesthetic signifiers to transport listeners to a dizzying, kinetic environment, harnessing timeless frequencies. On each record, Devi has advanced her philosophy and developed her technology; her last album ‘DNA Feelings’ (2018) was a radical hybrid of ancient mysticism and rebellious pop, and her upcoming LP ‘Death is Home’ propels listeners towards the extremes, bending fictile beats and cybernetic textures into transformational songs. This eagerly-awaited new album is a liveable, breathable sonic essence that reveals itself alchemically, reorienting anachronistic cultural preconceptions with its contemporary, ornate language and eerie architecture.
‘Death is Home’ is ultimately a manifesto. It’s Devi’s most revealing work to date and a direct result of her personal evolution and ongoing quest. Growing up under the shadow of isolation and abuse, she formed her practice as a healing method, using it to neutralize her past and recreate an alternate, more hospitable reality – beyond the human condition. Her feelings were compounded when she tracked down the whereabouts of her father B.K. Gurung, a Nepali drummer whom she never knew. Devi was informed he had died young, but rather than perceive this as a binary, through mourning, she realized that his existence had already offered her a lifeline and a refuge.
Listen to the album's first two singles and pre-order 'Death Is Home' here.