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rEmPiT g0dDe$$ fuses Southeast Asian instruments into mutated club beats for new EP

'PRIME ENERGY' showcases Malaysia's serunai and rebab, plus The Philippines' kulintang

  • Adrianna Cheung
  • 25 April 2024
rEmPiT g0dDe$$ fuses Southeast Asian instruments into mutated club beats for new EP

Spending her time between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, rEmPiT g0dDe$$ has dropped her latest six-track EP 'PRIME ENERGY' via Yes No Wave Music in mid-April.

In it, she crafts a unique sonic landscape by weaving the distinct tones of Southeast Asian instruments like Malaysia's Serunai and Rebab, along with the Kulintang from The Philippines, into her forward-thinking approach to industrial sound.

The result? Six tracks that pulsate with the energy of club culture while preserving the essence of traditional music, blending the raw, edgy textures of electronic beats with rave-ready rhythms, creating a bridge between age-old musical traditions and post-club avant-garde beats.

In an Instagram post, she mentions how she worked with Southeast Asian tunings gathered from recent research work with Nusasonic.

In the caption, she continues: “My love for experimental rave/club music and grassroots EDM in Southeast Asia & the community’s relentless force to create over the centuries is my inspiration to create PRIME ENERGY.”

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Her singer-songwriter alias, Viktoria, also features in the track ‘BLEED’ — which is five minutes of relentless, thumping synths and thuddy drums met halfway by chopped, ethereal vocal play.

In addition to her prowess as a producer via her rEmPiT g0dDe$$ alias, Victoria Yam has showcased her talent across various venues in Asia and Europe, including notable events such as Thailand’s Maho Rasop, Naarm's Speed at Final in Taipei, Singapore’s Alex Blake Charlie Sessions, Pestapora in Jakarta, and many others.

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Yes No Wave Music was founded in 2007 by Wok The Rock in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. It is a non-profit label that supports the open-sharing culture movement and aims to distribute sound and musical works to a wide audience, serving as an experimental platform for the application of free legal music both online and offline.

rEmPiT g0dDe$$ 'PRIME ENERGY' is out now; purchase here.

Adrianna Cheung is Mixmag Asia’s Culture Curator, follow her on Instagram.

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