Flora Yin-Wong’s fusion of experimental electronics with natural sounds is an absorbing one. A multi-disciplinary producer and DJ, the London-born Chinese-Malaysian artist has, in a comparatively quick interval, launched tracks and EPs on revered labels together with PAN, PTP and C.A.N.V.A.S. in addition to remixing pals and contemporaries resembling J.Colleran, Giant Swan and Scintii.
Her sound veers from the percussive, glitchy and melodic to the sparse, ambient and engulfing. One want solely flip to the luxurious ‘Lugere’ from PAN’s ‘mono no aware’ compilation or to her debut tape ‘City God’ on PTP to get a way of the immediacy and lucidity that has outlined her output to this point.
‘City God’ additionally introduced Yin-Wong an artist whose music was rooted in idea. Using a wealth of conventional Cantonese sounds (from opera to yangqin recordings), Japanese kotos and different conventional devices alongside together with her vivid electronics, the EP explored concepts surrounding Chinese folks faith and the idea in a deity who “would supply divine safety to a metropolis's bodily defences".
“This is one thing that's actually vital to me,” she tells DJ Mag, talking of the importance of her work’s thematic foundation. “These concepts have rooted my lifelong tastes. I assume subconsciously by way of my singer/opera-writer mom and my grandfather's involvement in Cantonese opera in Hong Kong, Guangzhou and the UK. My present work is predicated round a group of concepts which convey collectively my written work and fiction with music and visuals.”
Her musical development has been gradual and various, with an early curiosity in membership sounds creating in tandem with classical and new-wave music making it solely appear solely pure that her output would tick so many diserpate artistic bins now. From listening to storage on her walkman aged 11 in her “shit college” in Camden, to discovering post-punk, DMX, techno and home because the years went on, her stylistic course has been wealthy.
“I began enjoying the violin aged seven, then saxophone and clarinet, self-taught on guitar, was in choirs... I first began enjoying with manufacturing like 9 years in the past however I wasn’t superb so I ended attempting. I bought again into it couple years in the past, by chance set one thing public on Soundcloud and was requested by PTP to launch it.”
“It's very, very advert hoc,” she provides, describing her manufacturing approach. “Club music was one thing I grew up with and resonates most with me nevertheless it did not happen to me to make membership tracks. I usually battle with loads of acoustic music however love particular natural/pure sounds – so have been drawn to place collectively perhaps disparate issues.”
Her most up-to-date outing has been with rising artwork collective and occasion sequence C.A.N.V.A.S., whose current ‘Cipher’ compilation tasked artists together with Yin-Wong, Michael Speers, Xao Ausschuss, Olan Monk and former Fresh Kicks selectors object blue and Lugh with composing works primarily based on a sequence of themes. Yin-Wong’s haunting contribution, ‘Murmures’, as she explains, was one more conceptualised work which, as soon as once more, discovered her utilising a mix of area recordings, samples of conventional instrumentation and electronics.
“We got the duty of making a observe that was impressed by kare-sansui,” she explains. “So I began with a really peaceable and private area recording of windchimes in a forest in a mountain in Japan from final 12 months. The recording was first processed, to be taken aside so it locations in a different way, then re-pieced along with the uncooked file to 'cleanse' the air, as bells are usually utilized in Buddhism. The overlaid melodies had been made on the fly and pieced from outdated koto performances and so on.”
Having spent a lot of final 12 months “in all places”, together with spending a number of months primarily based in Japan and on tour in east Asia together with gigs in Barcelona’s Razzamatazz and New York’s ISSUE, Yin-Wong is feeling inclined to relocate once more this 12 months. While she spends a while understanding the place to, she has reveals lined up with C.A.N.V.A.S. in Café Oto on 13th March and two days later at SET, London alongside Lord Tusk and Laksa.
For her Fresh Kicks combine, Yin-Wong showcases her extra club-driven sensibilities, highlighting the propulsive nature of her DJ units. Featuring cuts from Tzusing, Lee Gamble, Pearson Sound, Sophia Loizou and extra, it’s a 60-minute providing of warped membership sounds and cutting-edge bass manoeuvres. Fiery stuff. Check it out beneath.
Last observe that blew your thoughts?
“Cam Deas ‘Time Exercises’”
Last movie you watched?
Last DJ set that blew your thoughts?
Favourite album to chill out to?
“Francisco Lopez - ‘Wind (Patagonia)’”
“Currently Gondwana, Nazar, Slikback and so on.”
What's the most effective membership you've got performed at?
“Have to say Berghain, proper?”
E-Saggila - Glass Wing
Pearson Sound - Rubble
Tzusing - Circa Taipei
Demdike Stare - 40 Years Under The Cosh
Cienfuegos - Slipping Venus (Entro Remix)
Aquarian - Ten Years (Leather Jacket Mix)
Hodge - You Better Lie Down
Beneath - 5050
Joel Eel - Body Builder
TSVI - Realm of Jabarut
Gondwana - Quetzalcoatl
Lee Gamble - BMW Shuanghuan X5
Sophia Loizou - Loop of Perception