Coeur Des Sciences 02/03/2014
Phoebé Guillemot (alias Ramzi) is a Montréal-based bedroom producer of unsettling mutant-pop and warped worldbeat, who began seriously dabbling in Ableton Live nearly a decade ago. Inspired by psychedelic label Sublime Frequencies, the self-taught musician creates jumbled electronic collages that feel strangely organic, with their abstracted tropical samples and Caribbean sounds. The key to Guillemot’s blissed-out musical constellation is a cohesive shuffle of African and Southeast Asian pop, free jazz, simmering dub, kompa and video game snippets. Since performing as part of MUTEK 2013’s EXPÉRIENCE series, she’s released Dezombi on tape label Los Discos Enfantasmes, along with a handful of intergalactic, frame-squishing music videos that underscore her music’s spiritual undercurrent: lo-fi electronic rhythms in curious communion with the cosmos.
With her abstracted tropical samples, intergalactic synth ripples and cut-up childlike voices, Montreal electronic producer Phoebé Guillemot, alias Ramzi, slow cooks her hazy, warped worldbeat. The key to Guillemot’s blissed-out musical constellation is to align disparate elements of African and Southeast Asian pop, free jazz, simmering dub and exotic creole snippets. Her warm rehabilitation of many ambient sounds accentuates the music’s spiritual undercurrent – electronic music in curious communion with the cosmos.