Following a standout contribution to the ‘Elevate’ compilation, Mha Iri steps up for her Drumcode EP debut.
Continuing Scotland’s grand techno tradition, the Edinburgh-based DJ/producer is one of 2023 breakout artists. ‘Never Go Back to Sleep’ marked her exhilarating maiden offering on Adam Beyer’s label back in March, with the cut spending a mighty two months in Beatport’s techno chart after peaking at no.4, putting her square on the radar of the Drumcode faithful in the process.
Her debut EP on the label, is a tantalising prospect. ‘The Unexpected’ plays with her trademark light and dark motifs, mixing up sharp percussive elements with ethereal melodies, before a ripping bass drop takes the energy up a notch. ‘Let The Good Times Roll’ is a slick accompaniment, as atmospheric techno gets supercharged via a punchy rap vocal and laser-kissed chords. “The track actually started out with a different vocal, but after sending it to Adam, he recommended trying some rap on it, which worked really well and gave it a whole new vibe. It’s all about going out with your mates and just having a good time. Sometimes we all need a bit of that.” – Mha Iri
Finally, ‘Filthy’ delivers a full-on techno storm, with tormenting breakdowns and drops, industrial dystopian discords and a robotic vocal riff; no wonder this has been a key feature in Adam’s sets for months already.
All three tracks were highlights of Mha Iri’s memorable set at Rave The Planet, attended by 300K people in Berlin.