On the Radar: Louisahhh – A Trap I’ve Built

Louisahhh hits RAAR with her latest EP, A Trap I’ve Built. The Waveform Transmitter’s Ste Knight takes on 5 emotionally charged tracks.

Louisahhh is one of those artists I have consistently followed since I first heard her Bromance #9 – Transcend release, which she dropped on Brodinski‘s Bromance Records back in 2013. Since then I have gone on to enjoy her productions and her accomplished DJ sets wholeheartedly, especially given her tendency to drop all manner of EBM and electro into her mixes.

December 1st saw Louisahhh releasing A Trap I’ve Built on the RAAR label which she co-runs alongside Maelstrom (with whom she also collaborates in a production sense, although not on this record).

There are five tracks on the record, all of which deal with difficult issues. Music is the perfect medium by which to do so, especially given that the sonic facets combine with the vocal elements to heighten the emotional charge present in the songs.

Louisahhh takes her electro/EBM sensibilities and wraps them around five disturbing tracks that, as Louisahhh herself states, deal with themes of “rape culture, addiction, masochism, and deprivation” and that is easy to see in the lyrics.

Hey Trouble opens the EP, and tackles masochism. Talk of bridles and whips peppers the lyrics as a gritty bassline stabs through the mix, punctuated by what sound like live drums. This is a truly industrial track, whose ferocity maybe mirrors the masochism that it makes its subject matter.

The grittiness continues in To Me Right Now, in which thunderous kick drums carry along a filthy synth line and a buzzing bass. Glitching lyrics tell tales of sex and addiction…“I wanna feel something different”…”Your body…to me…r.r.r.r.r.ight now…”

The industrial EBM theme ramps up in Trap as power chords blast forth, interspersed with screaming guitar samples. The track’s spoken sections motion towards dealing with the aforementioned masochistic themes again.

Line starts out with guitar chugs as a pulsing bassline creeps in and unnerving percussion takes over the top end. The closing Like a Vice reminds me a little of a Chicks on Speed track. The electro bassline performing as the foundation for the spoken-word…Freedom beckons like a vice/It’ll sting less with time…

A fantastic record from Louisahhh, irrespective of the somewhat upsetting subject matter. I can still see this getting bodies jacking in any dark electro club. Go and buy it.

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