With three EPs’ worth of dreamy, hardware-driven house and techno spread across both the legendary Rush Hour label and new leader of the outsider house movement, L.I.E.S., Netherlands-based producer Xosar (aka Sheela Rahman) is clearly on the rise. With her productions tending to explore the more cosmic ends of dance music, Xosar piles together wavy synths, thick pads, and rounded basslines on top of sturdy, drum machine-born kicks and snares—a formula that has led to some distinctly spiritual dancefloor tracks in the past year, particularly the pleasantly aimless “Rainy Days Juno Jam” and the cave-dwelling “Nite Jam.” After having such a solid debut year, Rahman has a good deal to live up to in 2013; fortunately, all signs indicate that she’s more than up to the task.
Sum up 2012 in three words.
Risque, relentless, realness.
There’s been a lot written about you lately… tell us one thing about yourself that the press has missed.
When it’s cold, I produce music from a sheetless mattress on the ground next to the heater.
Have a favorite track from last year?
Besides you, who else should we keep an eye on this year?
Terreke, Torn Hawk, J Velez, KONDO, basically anyone on L.I.E.S.
Any predictions for 2013, music or otherwise?
New obscure music styles will emerge from lonely, socially anxious persons with a lot of imagination.