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Los Angeles, California, USA

Los Angeles, California, USA

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As a New England native, Inanna may have first gained notoriety in the late 90's as a Garage/2-Step DJ, but it’s her new EP, The Butterfly, which was released on Jook Records to outstanding praise, that has cemented her place as an important artist in the experimental genre. A self-taught musician and DJ, she is respected and admired by fans and peers alike. Her style creates a more emotionally based sound not usually heard in electronic music - her sound seems floaty, but not dreamy, and foreign, yet familiar. Listen to “Traces of the Sun” to hear the melodic swooning that is Inanna. Inanna is undoubtedly an up-and-coming artist who manages to take it a step further every time she puts her soulful voice onto reels. - URB


Inanna’s Butterfly EP spans just over 15 minutes in total, and although it’s a portion-controlled serving of lively tech house from the Los Angeles-based producer/DJ, it’s hardly indicative of what she can do. A glance at Spineshaker—a valuable web resource that houses DJ mixes in mp3 format—reveals portraits of Inanna in several moods, with a well-blended assortment of comedown electronica, a proggy techno mix, and a bass-heavy set that launches with Claude Von Stroke’s “Who’s Afraid of Detroit?”.

On Butterfly b-side “Traces of the Sun,” Inanna pushes her tendency toward a diverse presentation up against the percussion end’s prodding kicks. Machine shop sonics interfere with the track’s rhythm, while a single wavering synth arpeggiation prattles on; in sounding not unlike a dentist’s drill, it’s logically a little numbing. The muted bass’s occasional presence bubbles a little like it did on James Holden’s take on Nathan Fake’s “The Sky Was Pink,” and “Butterfly (Original Mix)” calls for more frequent listens. The glassy melodic tones for the title track are immediate, falling in line in the first few seconds, and they’ll meet bleeps, well-placed clicks, and washes (check the break at 3:36) before this precious entry closes up. Reschedule your hangover: an album’s worth of the first track’s soothing textures would go over pretty well in the living room on a Sunday.

- PopMatters.com


Los Angeles-based techno producer Inanna apparently first made a name for herself in the late nineties as a high-profile DJ amongst the US garage and 2-step scenes, during which time she became something of a veteran on the touring circuit, playing at large events throughout the US, Mexico and Europe. While she may have first risen to prominence in her home country as a garage DJ however, the two expansive tracks contained on this EP release through Jook couldn’t be any more different. On the A-side, title track ‘Butterfly’ offers up a seven minute glide through clicking Villalobos-esque minimal techno rhythms and sweeping atmospheric ambient pads that manages to deftly fuse a glittering backdrop of bright melodic tones with an underlying sense of brooding tension, courtesy of the ominous minor bass chords that tread beneath, in a manner that particularly calls to mind parts of Alex Smoke’s recent Paradolia album or perhaps Soma labelmate Vector Lovers.

B-side ‘Traces Of The Sun’ meanwhile starts off more subliminal, with gently pulsing kickdrums rising out of a spectral backdrop of trailing ambient pads, before some seriously dubbed-out rattling tones lock into place and power their way beneath layers of manically swirling analogue synth arpeggios and swirling background ambience. While the overall result is certainly an impressive one, the constant use of synth arpeggiation and tweaking soon starts to prove slightly obtrusive, and I was left with the sense that many of the most interesting moments on both tracks occur when Inanna simply lets atmosphere build without any heavyhanded manipulations. Still, the above reservations aside, fans of atmospheric minimal techno along the lines of the aforementioned Soma Records reference points should find much to like amidst Butterfly’s two lengthy tracks. - Cyclic Defrost


Discography

Tongue and Cheek EP- Split with Tatiana (Jook)
Butterfly EP (Jook)
Butterfly Remixes EP (Jook)

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With the release of her recent Butterfly EP and the Butterfly remixes, Inanna appears to be ready to reap the benefits from years of hard work honing down her novel, atmospheric sound. With a melodic sense rare among her knob-twiddling contemporaries, Inanna spares the glitch and tweaking in favor of something a little more organic, immediate, and (gasp!) emotional. While the latter may be a dirty word in electronic music, Butterfly manages to trump any expectations of the tag, subtly giving some class to the concept. Beneath the surface of crystalline, alien textures lies a warm, undeniable human element. Largely self-taught as a musician and DJ, Inanna’s creative process is mainly intuitive. You can hear it in her music: she is more interested in capturing passion rather than just simply meticulously slaving over some slick edits.

Her precise, masterful mixing style has earned her quite the reputation for both creativity and raw talent. Her amalgam of heady ambience, minimal techno, jacking house and even breakbeat are sophisticated and surreal, showing an amazing diversity of style that The Freshpage describes as "works of art that need to be displayed in a music vault at an audiophile museum". While her recorded mix sets are most often experiments with found sound and hypnotic, dreamy soundscapes, conversely her live performances serve up a more high-energy, cutting, late-night warehouse vibe.

As a New England native, Inanna first gained notoriety in the late 90's as one of North America’s premiere Garage/2-Step DJs. Since then she has continued to win accolades within the industry, appearing in such publications as URB, XLR8R, The Boston Globe, Seattle Weekly, Deuce, Undercover, and Gothic Beauty just to name a few. A veteran of events throughout North America, Mexico and Europe, Inanna is at home performing to crowds of forty or four-thousand.