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For the twenty third episode we welcome Sydney based DJ and event producer Estée Louder whose musical taste veers towards the darker, sharper end of the spectrum, embracing electro, techno and experimental sounds with an industrial edge. Recently, she has supported names like Paula Temple, Noncompliant, Bloody Mary, Hieroglyphic Being and Lady Blacktronika among others.
Louder serves up a expertly crafted mix that showcases a wide palette of the darker side of dance music incorporating elements of acid, broken beats and EBM energy much like Control the series of club nights and podcast she curates which exists to create space for women, queer, trans & non-binary people operating and existing in the electronic music realm.
1. Avalon Emerson - Wastelands and Oases [K7]
2. STL - Mono Disrupter [Something Records]
3. L/F/D/M - Beaks in Zen [Midnight Shift]
4. Electric Indigo - Sept [HET]
5. Jasmine Infiniti - Ghettro [Self Released]
6. Rone - Lucis Dream
7. Blue Soul - Hedonic Adaptation [Aphorism Recordings]
8. Versalife - Infinite Velocities [Cultivated Electronics]
9. JC Laurent - Uprising [LXVIII]
10. Beatrice Dillon - Clouds Strum [PAN]
11. Bergsonist - Outlawed Sexual Desire [Self Released]
12. HTRK - Poison (Mika Vainio rmx) [Ghostly International]
13. Werfol - Your Wife [Trip]
14. Nubian Mindz - Sunrise 777 [Beats in Space]
15. Burnt Hair - Theme from Her Mouth [Clan Destine]
First I wanted to say, thanks for putting together this mix for Recreational Therapy.
What was the inspiration for this mix?
I prepared a selection of tracks and let the mix take its own course. The result was not unexpected - it's an undulating jaunt around frenetic percussion and sparse electronica and I think this is an aural representation of the tumult of the past 12 months.
Tell us a little bit about promoting events in Sydney with Control:
The vision for Control has always been to center and promote women and queer artists who are operating in the realms of techno, electro and EBM. My first event in Sydney was bringing Detroit pioneer K-Hand back for her first visit since 2003 as I felt that this was a logical starting point when it came to centering pioneering women in techno.
Sydney has a resilient scene of dedicated promoters and enthusiastic punters and I have been inspired to continue pushing for space to play the harder aspects of techno thanks to the people who support Control. Representation is vital in addressing the inequality that exists in the dance music world, so I am compelled to continue centering those who do not fall inside the typically dominant category as far as identity goes.
What has been influential for you musically in the past, and also more recently?
I lived in Melbourne from age 18-28 and in terms of DJ's, Kiti has been my greatest influence. She plays the genres that I love most and she is a fierce, generous and authentic artist. My partner Sveta has influenced the way I DJ, she is always seeking the third track, made up from the two (or sometimes more) in the mix.
Artists like Miss Kittin and Peaches were HUGE for me as a teen; electro-clash certainly speaks to me in the way that it cross-pollinates the genres. I have wide-ranging obsessions when it comes to music - from grunge to techno, from no-wave to house music.
What are you listening to right now?
I have Talking Heads on repeat, I like to imagine myself in a marching musical troupe when I listen to them. Jasmine Infiniti's Bxtch Släp; the Minimal Wave and Cititrax catalog; Bloody Mary and Lady Starlight when I'm feeling like a burst of energy.
Who or what is inspiring you musically and otherwise?
Lydia Lunch inspires me musically and as a creator and a thinker. Her podcast, The Lydian Spin pretty much soothed my brain during lockdown. Roisin Murphy appeals to me on every level and in every way. In terms of production, I'm enjoying the loopy bompf of Vladimir Dubyshkin and Truncate. I'm endlessly inspired by the sea.
Where can we see or hear your next project?
I have a couple of remixes on the go at the moment and hoping to relaunch Control for 2021 in late Feb. Fingers and toes!
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