Birmingham techno producer, Rebekah, is the latest artist to be confirmed for a show on the infamous London radio station. The Waveform Transmitter’s Ste Knight has his fingers poised on the dial.
It would certainly look like Rebekah‘s busy schedule has paid off; the accomplished DJ has just announced a slot on London‘s iconic Rinse FM, kicking off this December. Once a pirate station, the (now totally legit) airwave occupier has, in recent years, branched out from the grime, funky, and dubstep sound that populated the shows it broadcast early on. Now we see a diverse range of musical styles hitting their frequencies.
It comes as no surprise that they should incorporate Rebekah‘s talents into their broadcasting program. She has proven time and time again her propensity to drop a seriously mean set. Now we have two a month to look forward to, no matter what our location. I, for one, will be tuning in without fail.
Her broadcast, Elements, will cover the whole gammut of electronic music, essentially the parts that make the whole; her ethos, her Elements label, and her influences. Essentially, we’re getting a glimpse into what makes Rebekah…well…Rebekah.
Here at The Waveform Transmitter we’re big fans of the sound produced by the Birmingham techno originator. Her no holds barred attitude to production is of the heavier variety; so heavy that one might think it capable of reducing carbon into diamonds, such is the force with which it is delivered. Her production style is one that crosses over nicely into her DJ sets, which equal her compositions in terms of their ferocity.
Rebekah has a tendency to stay close to her Birmingham roots, too. A good thing, given that the city birthed a host of influential techno producers, most notably the likes of Surgeon and his brother in arms, Regis, Female, and Blueprint label head, James Ruskin. As you can see, she is in good company.
September saw her contributing to BBC Radio One‘s Essential Mix series, with a set that featured some frankly astounding techno from artists such as Delta Funktionen, the Zenker Brothers, Manni Dee, and Paula Temple. Dropping Landstrumm‘s Silent Forces towards the end of her set was an inspired choice if you ask me!
It would seem that Rebekah‘s production talent has matured further, too. Her debut album, Fear Paralysis, saw the artist exploring the expanse of sound that lies between electro and techno. Perhaps she’s taken a leaf out of her good friend Dave Clarke‘s book. With the release of her recent single back in October, Into the Black, we see her dropping right back into some good, hard industrial techno for two of the compositions.
The first track on the EP, Loose Mechanics, is a real triturating track, chewing the listener into minute pieces with it’s pneumatic jaws, while Conquest achieves similar success in overcoming its audience. The title track is really interesting, opting for more of a low-tempo breakbeat style. The industrial element still remains, but this track definitely illustrates Rebekah‘s ability to think outside the box when it comes to her productions, as well as her unwavering confidence in her more experimental production styles.
The closing track, War Cry is a call to arms, incorporating a touch of electro in her beat programming (that snare…ooosh) and through the swelling synth sounds present in the mix. You can take a listen, below, while you look forward to tuning in to what promises to be an obliterating radio show.