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Canadian electronic artist Queensyze returns with her new ‘Smells Like Aciid’ EP, two thunderous cuts of acid-inflected techno ripe for dark basements.

Queensyze is a Canadian DJ, producer, composer, and filmmaker. Having produced in various genres throughout her career, she released her debut techno EP The Pretty Lights in 2019. Supported by tastemaker media like Resident Advisor and Mixmag, The Pretty Lights broke into the coveted top ten Techno Chart on Beatport landing the #5 spot within the first week of release. 

Her long-awaited follow up to The Pretty Lights on Nervous Records, Smells Like Aciid, will finally be released this July. Originally slated for the winter of 2020, Queensyze suffered a traumatic brain injury that stopped her career in its tracks. Recovery has been slow, but finally, Queensyze is back to doing what she loves, making this follow-up EP even more important. 

The title track is a punishing techno cut, dominated by a furious, dynamic acid line that winds its way through sparse percussion and a powerful kick drum. Give Up Your Love is similarly impressive, with ethereal vocals from Sara Sukkha juxtaposed with a sawing synth line and dark drums, creating an atmosphere that’s haunting and invigorating in equal measure. 

Today, she joins the NUDE Techno podcast, with an hour of Techno. Listen to it below on SoundCloud & Mixcloud. If you are feeling this series, then please consider supporting it on Mixcloud Select.

Sum up this podcast in 10 words…
I went a bit hard…hahaha. I felt like letting off some steam, so yea it’s a bit relentless. But stick with it, I release the tension and start moving it around soon enough.

What’s your personal favourite track on it?
My fav on the mix is my edit of Viper Diva’s XV3 that I cut with We Want Your Soul by Adam Freeland. It’s the intro.

What’s the special ingredient in this mix?
I think it’s drums, lots of interesting drums. 

Tell us about your next EP?
My next EP is called “Smells Like Aciid” – it has three techno tracks; Smells Like Aciid, Give Up Your Love ft vocals by Sara Sukkha along with an instrumental of Give Up Your Love. It’s out July 22, 2022 on Nervous Records.The instrumental of Give Up Your Love and Smells Like Aciid are on the mix along with another one of my tracks Rave With You.

What have you got coming up?
I have another EP that I’m shopping around along with polishing up some more tracks.

And finally, do you have a special message for our readers?
I’m so thankful for your support and I’m really excited for you to hear my new EP, Smells Like Aciid 🙂

Tracklisting

XV3 – Viper Diva (Spike)(Queensyze Do As We Tell You Edit)
Command – Deas (CLR)
Attack – Alignment (KNTXT)
Bulgar – Slam (Soma Records)
Conveyor – Slam/999999999 (Soma Records)
Vibration – Fatima Hajji – (Silver M)
Draconic Cycle – 3SBAT / AyakoMori Remix (Soma Records)
Screenshot – Deas (Planet Rhythm)
Give Up Your Love – Queensyze Instrumental (Nervous Records)
Smells Like ACiiD – Queensyze (Nervous Records)
More Than A Style – Jump Mix – Tatanka/Zenith (TRSE)
Gummies – MarkBroom (RSPX)
Move Around – Flug (RSPX)
Rave With You – Queensyze (Nervous Records)
Senso – Confidential Recipe (RSPX)
Sofles – Kimono/CMNDCTRL (CTRL009)
Daya – Amotik (Bpitch)
Cyberwolf – Underground Resistance (Underground Resistance)
Clouds – Oliver Deutschmann (Chin Chin)
The Other Side – 808/Shlømo (Bright Sounds)
Between the Heavens – Joshua Calleja (Northern Parallels)
En Y – Shlømo (Arts)

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Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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