Aleksa Alaska finds herself at odds with the minimal techno scene so synonymous with her native Romania. The way she charges through genres and moods is dizzying, sometimes bordering on erratic, reaching for EBM, acid, electro, techno and industrial records that are worlds apart from the “rominimal” sound.
A Soundcloud bio mentions “colder than coldwave minimal electronics,” but the Bucharest-based DJ isn’t one to pigeonhole herself. The Subterranean Modern shows on Noods have demonstrated a keen ear for unearthing ’80s oddities, but a prolificacy behind the decks is fuelled by an insatiable hunger to unearth sounds new and old – playful at times, menacing or confounding at others, selections are always underpinned by an oddball eccentricity.
Thrown in at the deep end, her first gig was a baptism of fire, warming up for Minimal Wave founder Veronica Vasicka. Since then, she hasn’t looked back and from Marseille to Mexico City, bookings at venues all over have signposted a rather rapid ascendency. Accelerating through BPMs with exponential velocity, the mix attests to why Aleksa Alaska is widely considered hot property by those in the know.