From her base in Toronto, DJ and producer E-Saggila covertly binds industrial music's harshest pole of rhythmic intensity with club-wise shock tactics, creating 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 into techno's contemporary core.
A keen feel for elegiac ambient compositions glues much of her work together, and offers greatly needed respite from the intensity that is otherwise closely stacked. These eloquent and melancholic moments typically descend into grim cul-de-sacs, only to corner the listener 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, Summer Isle, 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.
First world premiere by DJ and producer E-Saggila since 2019, this live set brings together mostly unreleased material the artist has been working on over the past few years. Amplifying the intensity of her recent musical explorations while pairing the textures and sounds characteristic of her approach to club music and techno, E-Saggila delivers a performance that is as corrosive as it is elegiac, and yet remains dance floor appropriate.
Known for her cutting-edge approach to noise and industrial music, Rita Mikhael (E-Saggila) is an Iraq-born producer and DJ based in Toronto.
Northern Electronics, Hospital Productions
Blaze (Northern Electronics, 2022)
Corporate Cross (Hospital Productions, 2020)
In 2014, E-Saggila and artist Max Klebanoff joined forces to create the label Summer Isle, which aims to promote power electronics in the Toronto music scene.