Mentrix writes and performs evocative electronic music, indebted to the propulsive rhythms and folkloric tonalities of her native Iran.
Born in Tehran, the self-taught multi-instrumentalist was drawn to daf drumming through the teachings of Islam and Sufism. Having grown up between Tehran and Paris, Mentrix (real name Samar Rad) effortlessly incorporates a wide-ranging, dynamic sonic palette on each of her recorded works. Having began as a featured artist, lending her idiosyncratic vocal performances to a handful of close colleagues, Rad quickly shifted focus to recording original material of her own. Featuring sacred rudiments, odes to ancient rituals and collaborations with both Eastern and Western musicians, "My Enemy, My Love" is the artist's debut album on her own label, House of Strength Records.; a future-leaning ode to origin to be released in 2020.