Listen to two tracks from new release Spots y Escupitajo:
Elysia Crampton is an Aymaran producer, sound artist and conceptual collagist based in Sacramento, California, who performs and speaks around the world.
Elysia’s music is an ambitious confluence of ideas, synthesising multiple underrepresented histories, geographies, musical genres and cultural signifiers into addictively colourful sonic material that packs contemporaneous dancefloor weight.
Following last year’s celebrated Demon City album on Break World (a concept album that works as an epic poem with guest appearances from Chino Amobi, Why Be, Rabit and Lexxi), Elysia’s latest work is Spots y Escupitajo, a limited edition release with specially commissioned artwork for The Vinyl Factory, that honours the Andean Aymara figure Chuqui Chinchay and the legacy of Elysia’s deceased grandparents.
PRESS QUOTES ON ‘DEMON CITY’:
She’s able to turn a hauntingly maniacal laugh into an incredible percussive inflection, which she blends with polyrhythmic drums and the sounds of crickets…for music made on a computer, it’s startlingly organic and vivid
Although it’s possible to contextualise Crampton’s work among that of her contemporaries, hers is a truly singular style…she’s able to synthesize numerous musical forms, crashing timbres, dense percussion, mauled samples, pretty synth lines, club music structures dismantled from within, and much more, into bold music rich with purpose and feeling.
This is the stereophonic sound of artists who shape and reckon with their realities simultaneously. They are the ones staging the apocalypse, and they will inherit the earth.
NPR, First Listen
“With her oblique and politically-charged productions, this Virginia-based artist is striking a new prescence in electronic music.”
Elysia Crampton and Rabit are producers working at electronic music’s bleeding edge, and The Demon City…is stormy, mechanical and pockmarked with evil-sounding moans and cackles…”
An earthiness or sensitivity to ecology is present in Crampton’s sound, but alongside this she’s also accrued fragments of mass culture and digests the two simultaneously – where the two collide, they are moments that speak to another kind of landscape that one encounters while moving out in the world
‘Dummy Track’ conveys a strong sense of communal generative power with its conversational arrangement of harmonics-rich percussion, aggressively loping bass and insistent demonic laugh.
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