Berlin based label Voitax has released the likes of I Hate Models, Umwelt and Storm Intelligence so IMOGEN is in great company for her debut EP. The imprint shows fervour to boundary-pushing electronica and IDM just as much as it does to providing club-oriented music and this debut EP from IMOGEN fits the bill.
IMOGEN has quickly risen through the ranks over the last few years playing clubs and festivals across Europe. With a steady stream of releases in the form of collaborations and solo tracks behind her, this debut solo EP comes highly anticipated.
She has established herself as an ambitious selector behind the decks and has quickly become a prominent figure in the world of dance music. Growing up in the UK, her mother introduced her to the early 00’s rave and break music, such as Plump DJs, Colin Father and Leftfield, which ultimately set a start to a promising path into the electronic music scene.
While having created her own signature sound inside the DJ booth, she has now also moved her vision on music into the studio. After two successful collaborations with Ben Pest on labels such as Earwiggle, a self released collaboration on her own label Wigs, and multiple single released tracks on different VA’s, IMOGEN now lands her first solo EP »What?« on Voitax.
According to her own description, this EP is her first bulk of music after having experienced a persistent writing blockage during the pandemic. While eventually being isolated for five days, each of these tracks were produced in a stream of inspiration.
The EP presents a strong package of five tracks that clearly reflect the influence of her homelands prosperous electronic music heritage. A distinguished set of breaks are fusioned with electro, IDM, and hardcore without ever loosing touch to its groovy rhythmics. While this release is certainly loaded with strong dance floor material, the quality of her production process remains remarkable.
The roughness and edginess of the entire EP reveal a strong connection to her 808 and modular system, which helped to create unique textures and granular soundscapes. Instead of resampling UK sample packs over and over again, IMOGEN is ambitious to create her own signature sound through a sequence of personalized studio equipment. With this approach she manages to fuse a punky style of 90’s rave culture with sophisticated futuristic sound processing. Each track meets a different atmosphere, as the approach to rhythm, speed, sound and arrangement evolves from the beginning to the end – yet, they all remain part of the same story.
The full EP is out July 25th which you can watch out for here, in the meantime check out the previews below.