While Tel Aviv is proving fertile ground for creativity within electronic music, few are quite as prolific or intriguing as the output of Malka Tuti or the extended 84%Creativity family its founders belong to. Wave and cosmic disco mutations are the label’s bread and butter, forming a back catalogue shrouded in a mystique and sense of allure commonly associated with that part of the world. A pair of releases from Yovav and Xen set the precedent in 2016 and two years later, the multi-instrumentalist and vocalist have converged on the label’s latest offering.
The b-side resembles how French cold wave band Trisomie 21 might have sounded like if they made sultry pop, but full of post-punk spirit, ‘Hayom Etmol’ has a DIY aesthetic consistent with the wider Malka Tuti curation. Sitting at the back of the mix, Xen’s softly sung vocals are radiantly melancholic, juxtaposed against an overarching mood that’s contrastingly buoyant. All in all, it’s a captivating 7″ heralding the launch of a new series focused around DIY electronics and a revised approach to songwriting.
Hayom Etmol is out March 26th on Malka Tuti – pre-order the vinyl here.