In this series, Selections, we invite DJs, producers and label heads to dig into their digital crates and share the contents of their Bandcamp collections. While hearing new music played out by your favourite selectors has been put on hold as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s never been easier, or more important, to support the artists and imprints releasing tracks, albums, EPs and comps in the midst of all the madness. In lieu of opportunities to discover new records on the dancefloor, Selections will give you the chance to nab sounds from the crates of tastemakers, and support the people behind them while you’re at it. Win-win, right?
This week, Louisahhh highlights some of her recent favourites, spanning howling punk, rabid EBM and electro, and 8-bit electroclash magic. Louisahhh lands on HE.SHE.THEY. this month with her thrilling debut album ‘The Practice Of Freedom’. Its 12 tracks find the Paris-based New Yorker in the finest form of her career, delivering lyrics on love and loss, sex and addiction, over forthright productions from US artist Vice Cooler.
Swirling together the propulsive swagger of techno and EBM with coarse industrial sonics and an edge-of-your-seat punk rock volatility, the album is harsh and aggressive but also peppered with more tender moments — Louisahhh’s vocals providing melodic notes that juxtapose the noise and grit as much as they add to the rugged aesthetic. It’s a deeply personal work, indicative of an artist who’s found her ideal format, and provides a stunning listen that disrupts the narrative of what a ‘dance’ artist’s album should sound like.
The album, which you can pre-order here ahead of it's release on 12th March, is sure to make many end-of-year lists come December. For the time being though, we asked Louisahhh to dip into her Bandcamp and put together a list of her own. Check out her Selections below.