i like the entire atmosphere on here, trippy activism, the only way forward, but yea faith game has that longing for hope on a brighter future whilst being deeply felt, the track i wish to hear on a dance floor with too many emotions with tears running down, not sad per se, just connected, if that makes sense to anyone?!
Favorite track: Faith Game.
This was some weird stuff... I really like it! Started off with strong Muslimgauze (sorry there's prolly other references) vibes, then got into fun techno explorations. Strong Dimlite / Misel Quitno vibes, too! One of this years faves for me <3
Favorite track: Poverty.
There's a boldness about these tracks that is captivating. Kind of like "I'm gonna do a track that is basically a slowed down edit of the previous track, and if you don't like it you can f*** off." Clearly there are loads of inspirations all being pulled together here, from techno, house, bass music, glitch/DSP etc, but Bergsonist has a unique sound and vibe that seems to flick two fingers up at current trends.
Favorite track: La Rave.
After a digital single on Optimo Music Digital Danceforce, Optimo Music welcomes Bergsonist to the main label with a full album. Ridiculously talented and prolific, Bergsonist is one of thee most interesting, thoughtful and important artists of our times.
Bergsonist aka Selwa Abd is a New York–based artist and musician originally from Morocco.
She is the founder of Bizaarbazaar, a music platform and publication that publishes podcasts and interviews by DJs and producers from around the world. Under the guise Bergsonist (derived from Deleuze's Bergsonism), she uses a variety of media to investigate social resonance through divergent conceptual aesthetics (minimalism, techno, and music concrete, to name a few). Through her work, she explores notions of identity, memory, and social politics.
In 2017, she started Pick Up The Flow, a resource to promote congregation and exchange between peers. Currently, co-run with Stephen Decker.
In 2019, she co-founded 3afak with DJ Sanna, a collective that aims to empower Arab women’s creative vision in New York.
Words about the album:
Middle Ouest is an ode to my history, present and future self. Like a sonic autobiography, It's the first body of work that realistically depicts my identity. It's a statement towards all the people who tried to put me into a box. I'm not a box but a genre-less ocean. I don't make genres, I just make music I feel making in the moment. It's all about capturing the moment in a given time. If the aesthetic happens to be house or techno then it is. But I'm not a techno artist.. I'm just a free sonic 'voyageur'. I make music as i feel the world; it can be dark, jovial, weird... I mirror the feelings into sonic compositions. However, the only variables that never change in this equation are the message and intention.