ISAbella – Resident Advisor podcast #875 2023-03-13
“There’s an old-school touch to ISAbella’s sound. Breakbeats, rolling tech house, progressive house and trance pepper both her studio mixes and her debut EP, transporting listeners to a place of peak ’90s indulgence. It’s no wonder, then, that vintage rave sounds are a signature tenet of MARICAS, the club night and label that she helped start in 2018.
Her love for the ’90s is tangible on her RA Podcast, an emotional journey across breakbeat house, trancey techno and funky electro. First-rate throwbacks such as Canyon’s “Move” and “Lightspan Soundwave” by The Shamen exude a carefree euphoria, while heavier cuts like Desert’s “Moods (Club Mix)” intensify the feeling of rapture. Even the contemporary releases, like Bashkka’s excellent “C-quence Of Calamities,” feel rooted in nostalgia.
MARICAS mixes are usually energetic from the get-go, but ISAbella starts out nice and relaxed this time around. The mix’s most striking element is how personal each track feels—a reflection of her intimate relationship with these records. Each one evokes a special poignancy and though these ephemeral selections were largely improvised, ISAbella believes they “show what’s going on lately and what’s going on forever.””
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