22 February 2019 / Infiné Music
- 01. Tawa
- 02. Tawa (M.E.S.H. Remix)
- 03. Ken Skett (Karen Gwyer Remix)
- 04. Tawa (Basile3 Remix)
- 05. Tawa (Clip Remix)
New artists rarely burst onto the scene with a fully-fledged album as their first release, but this is only one of the exceptional facets that make up Deena Abdelwahed.
While the Tunisian artist had been building a following with her multiform DJ sets, it was her surprise debut album, 2018’s Khonnar that cemented her status as a producer, landing on end-of-year lists such as Resident Advisor’s, The Quietus’, and Vinyl Factory’s.
It was a conscious choice not to tease the album with a single, so that it would be heard in its entirety, as a sort of podcast vaulting from ambient, bass, techno, and Arabic influences and chants. As she begins to present the material as a live set, it is also natural that the album’s tracks start taking on a life of their own. The DJ has become the performer, and her output is now given new forms so that they may, in turn, join the playlists of other DJs all across the electronic music landscape.
With 'Tawa' (meaning 'Now' in Tunisian dialect), Deena tackles the term “eastern techno” given to electronic music that uses (in a superficial way or not) sounds that are familiar to westerners as “exotic” or “oriental”. For the same occasion, she shares her love to ballroom club beats.
It is now turned over to M.E.S.H. (aka James Whipple), already known for his deconstructions of club tropes, to add his propulsive, frenetic avant-garde bass music-inspired beats, highlighting the track’s sense of cultural oppression, leading to the East’s generational boiling point.
British producer Karen Gwyer’s adds her Warpian, hardware-heavy analog techno patina to the track, lending it a slightly spooky vibe that develops into a blissful electronica ballad towards the end.
French newcomer Basile 3 preserves Tawa’s foundation, adding an organic touch that almost “rearranges” the piece as though each electronic sound is a player in an orchestra.
Spanish producer Edu Tarradas, aka Clip, who accompanied Deena on Khonnar´s production, carries us into the early morning with a sun-drenched remix.
The Tawa EP is set for release on February 22.
More releases by this artist
Media for Tawa Remixes
29 January 2019
Deena Abdelwahed enlists M.E.S.H. and Karen Gwyer for the 'Tawa Remixes'
30 January 2019
Deena Abdelwahed announced as a resident on Rinse FM
14 February 2019
Deena Abdelwahed's first show as a Rinse FM resident is tonight
15 February 2019
RBMA premiere Karen Gwyer's remix of Deena Abdelwahed