Featuring Madrid-born, Berlin-based DJ/producer, Reka, in our Fresh Kicks collection would possibly really feel just a little unusual. In reality, she’s been embedded in digital music for over 15 years. After a number of eras of change although, it has solely been on this decade that she has really discovered and flourished in her inventive id.
2018 noticed Reka releasing her first ever solo EP, ‘Diving The Innermost’ on Phase Fatale’s BITE label. She additionally debuted at Berghain, Katharsis and Tbilisi’s membership Khidi the place, after a BITE social gathering she was supplied a residency with them so as to add to her already respected residency at Tresor.
Her musical background is charted, with earlier influences of Italo-disco, new beat, acid home and “synthy stuff” veering into Depeche Mode, The Cure, Front 242, Orchestral Movements in The Dark earlier than getting into a radical metallic part in college with the likes of Tool, System of A Down, Korn and Nine Inch Nails being on common rotation. While finding out genetics she started to fall in love with IDM, trip-hop and electro, with Portishead, Andrea Parker, Aphex Twin moulding her DJing type as she determined to embark on music as a extra full-time pursuit.
As a member of duo leChic (part of the International Deejay Gigolo crew), Reka toured extensively as an electro DJ, however over time wished to embark on a solo profession the place the myriad influences she was raised with might merge right into a extra deep, trippy and industrial sound.
2018’s ‘Diving The Innermost’ was the right encapsulation of that, with the observe ‘Purge’ – that we premiered – presenting a shadowy, dense reduce of darkish, industrial EBM, and a tremendous instance of her irresistibly spectral, engulfing sound.
Looking to the approaching 12 months, Reka has a collaborative EP on the best way with Imperial Black Unit on Fleisch Records. With extra manufacturing time pencilled in and gigs lined up akin to Tresor’s 28th celebration in March (additionally that includes Oscar Mulero, Cassegrain and others) the longer term is trying appropriately heavy and rapturous for Reka.
For her Fresh Kicks combine, Reka has delivered 80 minutes of immense, psychedelic and industrial EBM, electro and techno. Not in any respect for the faint of coronary heart.