From her base in Toronto, E-Saggila covertly binds industrial music’s harshest pole of rhythmic intensity with club-wise shock tactics to create a dark and emotive soundtrack to snap us out of our digital daze. Locked into the idea that music’s most extreme and abstract forms have everything to do with the development of dance music culture, E-Saggila carries the DIY ethos that underpins it all right into techno’s contemporary core. Part destruction, part reconstruction, it’s a sense that’s increasingly swarming techno’s mainline.
A keen feel for elegiac ambient compositions glues much of her work together, and it offers much needed respite from the intensity that’s otherwise closely stacked up. The eloquent and melancholic moments typically descend into grim cul-de-sacs, only to corner us there with strong doses of gabber’s brutal horsepower. Often topping the low end with a frenzy of breakbeat workouts, E-Saggila is lethal in her hectic bursts. Her discography includes a collection of tapes from her own label, as well as releases on Opal Tapes, Hospital Productions, and Northern Electronics. Off the back of this, E-Saggila has showcased her live work across the globe. Going forward with upcoming works, her ascent is becoming sharper and evermore crucial.