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Wretched Cuts is the new solo EP by gender-nonconforming techno artist, Projekt Gestalten. The release comes via the New York’s Mild Fantasy imprint run by Elle Dee and features three original themes focusing on introspective techno plus a remix by the veteran, The Lady Machine.
The project reflects an array of themes using as the starting point the story of Estamira and the Brazilian documentary of the same name, telling her life story. Estamira was an enlightened older woman who scattered one of the largest landfills of Rio de Janeiro for food. Not because she had to, but because she loved that place as she loved “her own children” and enjoyed making a living out of other people’s disposable goods. While dealing with schizophrenia and abuse, she believed she was a superior spiritual being whose magical powers could control time, space, and other elements of nature.
The tracks are inspired by some of her most memorable quotes and moments that affected Projekt Gestalten. “Wise People In Reverse” goes into a darker approach and samples Estamira’s voice talking in a mysterious unknown language with an unrevealed force, using only a broken piece of a telephone that she had just found in the trash. “Morte Macaca” takes a rhythmic approach towards dub techno, and “Holographic Principle” gets trippier and hallucinogenic with Projekt Gestalten’s signature acid lines. Lady Machine’s “Wise People In Reverse” remix takes the original theme to a driving, peak hour approach and transforms it into an effective DJ tool.
“There are no more innocent people on Earth, only wise people in reverse” – Estamira.
Head of the queer identifying VRAAA label and a celebrated protagonist on Berlin’s most sexually liberated dancefloor, Pornceptual, Projekt Gestalten is the identity of Brazilian techno producer and DJ, Diego Garcia who’s divergent agenda encourages and inspires guests explore their sexuality freely; to a point that YouTube deemed a recent Boiler Room set too explicit before finding vindication on PornHub. Adorning their DJ sets in various forms of white wedding dresses and baroque embroidery, Projekt Gestalten is a figurehead within Berlin’s queer techno scene, and diamond in the roughness of ‘twenty-tens’ net label culture.
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