I remember exactly where I was in the crowd at the first and only Wakaan Music Festival when Liquid Stranger announced he was creating a new downtempo imprint called SSKWAN during his set. Now, nearly a year and a half later, the label has moved to its eighth release and continues to mature as it showcases a diverse cast of top-notch, yet underrated musicians who are redefining what the “downtempo” genre is.
This is certainly the case with Redrum, who just made a big splash with her debut SSKWAN release “Phases”. The track serves as the first single on her Pisces Moon Debut EP which is scheduled for a summer release.
“Phases” features enticing arpeggios and shifting layers that join together to create a contemplative atmosphere. Bubbly textures seem to circulate around you, inducing a sense of euphoria. The track is just downright lovely.
And given what Redrum had to say about making it, she absolutely nailed the mark in capturing the catharsis she was going for:
“The process of writing Phases was about becoming comfortable with change and finding peace with the fact that nothing is permanent. The title draws inspiration from going through the process of accepting and finding beauty in the many phases of life and channeling that into this piece was very cathartic for me.”
Though her music tends to create a general sense of effortless floating, Redrum’s journey hasn’t been without significant struggle. According to a March 1 Instagram Post, she was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma just over ten years ago, when she was unsure if she would even see her 18th birthday.
But now, Redrum is clearly approaching a new phase in her life as an up-and-coming artist. With releases on SSKWAN and Excision’s new imprint Subsidia, she’s already appeared alongside established names on some of bass music’s most coveted labels. Moreover, she’s beginning to show up on some pretty stacked lineups, including Kosmic Kingdom in De Moines, Iowa in August.
With how far she’s come and such an inspiring journey, one can only wonder how much further the Redrum project still has to grow. And if the rest of her forthcoming Pisces Moon EP is anything like ‘Phases’, you won’t want to miss it when it comes out this summer.
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