AISHA DEVI - KIM & THE WHEEL OF LIFE

It's nice to be able to rely on a record label. If you see a release with the Houndstooth label on it, just buy it and thank me later. They don't release anything substandard. From Snow Ghosts to Special Request, everything that leaves the doors has been inventive, distinctive and restless. 

Aïsha Devi is another name to add to the list. Formerly Kate Wax, the Swiss-Nepalese-Tibetan producer released the Conscious Cunt EP last month. It's a three -track statement that is, in Devi's own words, "about sluts, awareness, death, and women in a patriarchal society… enlightenment, violence, resistance, mothers, daughters, consciousness, Guy Debord, Vedas and eternity. It's also a high-five to my grandmother who raised me and passed away early this year."

'Kim & the Wheel of Life' is by turns patient, pummelling and progressive. There's an industrial feel to much of the track (in the original sense of the word) as distorted, clanking drums jar against overly bright synths and moments of open space.

If you're desperate for a reference point then I'd perhaps go for Shaking the Habitual-era The Knife, but even that seems a little rudimentary. It's good, obviously. Really good.