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Xosar: Black Metal Special

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Berlin’s mistress of dark techno and eerie electronics guides us through her personal choice of black metal and doom-laden sounds.

After becoming bewitched by house music shows broadcast on her local radio station at a young age, Sheela Rahman embraced the artistic guise of Xosar and cast herself as a sorceress of the dance domain. Putting faith in a predilection for conjuring up songs that delve into the shadowy nooks and eerie crevices of electronic production, Rahman released a trio of EPs for L.I.E.S., Rush Hour, and Crème Organization that brought her talent to the fore. With a knack for infusing clinical Electribe-crafted beats with a paranormal ambience, Rahman’s style seduces the listener softly while leaving an endearingly ghostly after-effect. Her collaboration with Hague electronics whiz Legowelt under the name Trackman Lafonte and Bonquiqui displayed more jacking, freestyle Italo strings to the Xosar bow, while her live set was given a rigorous testing with shows across many countries. The Red Bull Music Academy alumna has honed her distinct style and explores a longer narrative over her debut LP Let Go, running the gamut of techno, acid, industrial, and distinctly eerie ambiance to evocative effect.


Interview by Hanna Bächer

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