AILI AND TRANSISTORCAKE – “DANSU”
For her debut single, “Dansu” Belgian-Japanese artist Ailihas joined forces with another of Belgium’s most exciting new acts Transistorcake, the pair working through lockdown to produce on Eskimo Recordings. Effortlessly bringing together elements of Kosmiche Musik, Acid House, Electronica, Disco & Leftfield Pop, “Dansu” is as easy on the ears as it is hard to categorise.
“Dansu”, a hymn to dancing the night away, made more poignant being written and recorded as Brussels’ club sat shut. Over a taut Motorik rhythms Aili’s hushed vocals blending perfectly with lambent washes of synths to create a hypnotic, languorously funky, track with echoes of artists like Can or Stereolab.
“I met Orson at a party a couple of years ago,” recalls Aili. “I had been making music by myself for a while and wanted to take it more seriously. He was known as this ‘music guy’, so I approached him and we hit it off right away. He has so much studio knowledge I can take my tracks to him and he gets where I want to go with it.”
“We had been batting these tracks back and forth between ourselves whilst locked in our flats earlier this year trying to get the music right. At one point I started singing over the top of “Dansu” in Japanese, I’m not really sure why but it just came out like that and everything started to click,” Aili explains.
“I left Tokyo for Belgium when I was 7 years old and in many ways my Japanese stayed at that level. When I sing in Japanese it put me into this naive, almost childlike mindset that allows me to express what I feel right away. You don’t need to understand the words just the feeling that they convey.”
Aili And Transistorcake
Release Date: November 27, 2020