ill-esha Makes Dubstep Beats with Intense Color
Take away some of the harshness of today’s rawest, wobbliest electronic music and San Francisco’s ill-esha begins to come into view. Her instrumental beats are synthetic and blippy, falling somewhere between slowed down pop production and smoothed out dubstep. The tracks from her newest EP Circadian Rhythms are filled with a warmth that some how comes through layers of unripe synth sounds.
Her drum and bass background is present here in only the smallest ways. Between the sluggish pace of the beats, little flares of her past influence are heard. On the final track “Sullen Sultry,” we get a full dose of old school jungle break for a flash before the song returns to an orchestral downbeat.
ill-esha’s take on dubstep is thoughtful and precise, perhaps more so than the mass of homogenous tracks lumped in with the beat style du jour. Coming up through drum and bass, a style that hit big for ages before fading out, likely taught her how to differentiate her sound. The maturity in her production comes through swimmingly on Circadian Rhythms. The diversity of mixes and tracks on her soundcloud page confirm it.
Circadian Rhythms EP is now available.
Hear a remix of ill-esha’s “Cold Hands”