IM058 - Alis - Sai / Strong

by Alis

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caldeez The atmosphere both tracks create is mesmerizing. I feel engulfed by my thoughts and feelings when I listen and I love the mix of moody melancholic synths, weird noises, and dope kick/snare play. Favorite track: Strong.


RBMA alum Sabina Plamenova, pka Alis, fka Subeena, has had a long and storied career, spanning more than a decade, a musical trajectory that competently tackled everything from dubstep and garage to techno, collaborations with the likes of Jamie Woon and Matrixxman, and cosigns from the likes of Surgeon and Mike Paradinas. For her IM debut, Alis dons all of her many faces for a holistic, integrated cross-section of her vision.

"Sai" is a haunting, hypnotic hybridization of dubstep riddim, techno rigor, drexciyan humidity, and subtle decon club inflexions. As the track moves along, Sabina's ethereal vocals usher in a devotional and sombre mood, before returning to a breezier, Detroit-Berlin axis arp sequence.

"Strong", a lower-BPM affair, manifests as a powerfully dubbed-out, reductionist , new age body music chimera. If hybridization of this caliber seems unfeasible to you, simply imagine instead something you won't ever hear anywhere else (in the best of ways)."


released August 25, 2017

Artwork by Rachel Noble
Mastered by Cyrcular Mastering


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