25/02/2019: “Praxis” by Ikonika

Ikonika is one of the artists gracing Kode 9’s Hyperdub label, where you can be sure to find producers pushing bass music into new and interesting places.

Her sound is built on lush and somewhat retro-futuristic melodies, with a healthy complement of 808s looming at the low-end.

Some of her songs are more orientated towards techno; others are more geared towards abstract sounds and textures.

“Praxis” is more of a trappy track, although that label doesn’t even come close to doing it justice. The drum beat is worthy enough of a Southern hip-hop instrumental, but the melodies of the track are more space age, more colourful, but at the same time more inorganic.

It’s probably more prudent to say that “Praxis” is a kind of Electro track. The skittish percussion and mournful bassline are interwoven with some agile and fresh synth melodies, but the core of the track is like a slowed down Electro one.

The song was released in 2014 on the PositionĀ E.P., on the Hyperdub label.