Introducing Nene H – one of the most exciting new faces on Berlin’s ever-expanding experimental club circuit.
Like fellow SHAPE collective member Deena Abdelwahed, her sound contrasts harsh noise and drone aesthetics with lush Arabic melodies and contemporary club structures to hypnotic effect. Her rhythms are typically built out of raw, distorted pulses, channelling the abstract, textural sonics of artists like Mika Vainio and Alva Noto, and applying these to modern beat templates.
After releasing her debut EP on Bedouin Records in June 2017, she has appeared frequently – both live and behind the decks – at clubs across Europe, including a much-discussed performance at last year’s Berlin Atonal festival.
Her mix for us opens tentatively with tense layers of rippling static and pulsing tones, which eventually give way to uptempo electro, clattering industrial and sweatbox EBM. The tempo never dips below 140 bpm, making it easy to see why electro pioneer DJ Stringray recently tipped her as one of the best currently at work in contemporary club music. Press play and see what the fuss is about.
Nene H is an alumnus of the SHAPE platform for innovative music and audiovisual art, supported by the Creative Europe programme of the EU.
She appears at Krake Festival, 23-29 July, as part of the Eotrax Showcase in Griessmühle alongside Paula Temple and label boss Eomac who will be premiering his new A/V show