Swiss-born, Tibetan/Nepalese producer Aïsha Devi explores issues related to spirituality and awareness with her otherworldly experimental electronic pop music.
Devi originally became known for her industrial-influenced techno moniker Kate Wax during the mid-2000s. She made guest appearances on Felix da Housecat's 2004 album Devin Dazzle & the Neon Fever, and she released several albums and singles on labels like Mental Groove, Output, and Border Community between 2004 and 2012. Following a spiritual re-awakening, she abandoned the Kate Wax pseudonym and began producing music under her own name. She established a label called Danse Noire in 2013 and released Aura 4 Everyone, an EP of her hypnotic, mantra-like electro-pop. This was followed in 2014 by "Hakken Dub," a more dancefloor-oriented 12" that included "Throat Dub," an extended showcase of Devi's throat singing, as its B-side. In 2015, she made her debut on the Houndstooth label with Conscious Cunt, an EP of abstract pieces about the treatment of women in society. The EP's track "Aurat" was based on a poem written by Urdu feminist Kishwar Naheed. All three of the release's tracks were included on Devi's full-length Of Matter and Spirit, also released by Houndstooth in 2015. The acclaimed album was followed by an EP of remixes in 2016, including reworks by Lakker and Throwing Shade. ~ Paul Simpson, Rovi