Fresh Kicks 94: Cressida

In only a brief few years, Berlin-based, UK-born DJ/producer Jenagan Sivakumar AKA Cressida has develop into an important title to know in Europe’s hard-edged techno sphere.

With followers within the likes of Dax J, and uncompromising releases on labels reminiscent of VOITAX, LDNWHT, Syncretism and OSF, Sivakumar’s sound is characterised by haywire electronics and brutal rhythms with an off-kilter sway. His DJ units at revered events such Corsica Studios’ Jaded and at Reaktor x Monnom Black’s New Year’s Eve bash in Amsterdam, have develop into notorious for his or her fierce, relentless ambiance.

To say 2018 was a breakthrough 12 months for the producer could be underselling it. As he explains himself, it was a 12 months replete with highlights.

“It was in all probability the perfect 12 months of my life to date,” he says. “Had a string of effectively obtained units which was lovely, and in addition received to tour Asia with the Voitax crew. Gigs again on residence soil are all the time good in London. Closed the 12 months off taking part in b2b with Tommy Holohan for Reaktor x Monnom Black, which Dax J received me on with lots of sick individuals over in Elementstraat, Amsterdam. Tommy and I solely met for the primary time like an hour earlier than the gig, however when he dropped an edited, techno model of Benga & Coki’ 'Night' I knew he was a protected pair of fingers. Also launched a observe on the Monnom Black compilation in the direction of the tip of the 12 months, which was a deal with.” 

Despite his present place within the techno world, nonetheless, Cressida’s affinity for rhythmic complexity and intense bass grooves might be credited to a musical upbringing rooted in grime, metallic, d&b and hip-hop, types that he stays indebted to right now.

“I grew up when one of the best ways to get music could be by infrared,” he explains. “Phone to telephone and more often than not downloaded by way of Limewire. Grime was the soundtrack to most of my youth, coming residence and watching Channel U once I got here residence from faculty, alongside lots of heavy metallic by way of Kerrang, and in addition very importantly hip-hop. It was rather a lot later I found digital music. I keep in mind we'd go to my mate home (shouts to Pete Wiley) to play Fifa and other people could be spinning d&b within the background for hours after we have been like 17 or 18 or, however I didn’t actually get into it till rather a lot later. It was torrenting a duplicate of Reason 5 that received me began -  and some dodgy nights out.

Looking towards the remainder of 2019, Cressida exhibits no indicators of slowing...

“I’ve simply had a launch — ‘Romance to the Lonely’ — out on NURSE, a Berlin primarily based label which has a pumping Bleaching Agent remix on it. Finished up an EP for Voitax which is rather a lot wonkier than my regular stuff. As a label they put no strain or boundaries on me and appear to get the perfect out of me.”

For his Fresh Kicks combine, Cressida delivers an hour of raucous techno, relentless rhythms and electrifying noise. Check it out under.