TOTD // 21/06 // Rrose

Published: June 21, 2016, words by Mitchell Green

Part of the Pride takeover


There is a veil of mystery that surrounds the artist known as Rrose. Rrose, on the one hand is a musical alias of Seth Horvitz, a moniker whose sound delves deep into the overly hypnotic, driving rhythms of techno pushed to its limit. On the other hand, Rrose is Rrose Sélavy, the effeminate alter-ego of the late French artist, Marcel Duchamp. Rrose Sélavy exists as Horvitz’s visual influence when undertaking the role of his techno moniker. Rrose has explained that her feminine stage presence is a playful protest against the highly male-dominated musical genre that he is a part of, further expressing that her onstage appearance should be used to raise important questions regarding sexuality in dance music today. Horvitz is also equally as active within his words of encouragement towards various sexual minorities, stating that his hopes lie with Rrose’s guise acting as a marker of consolidation for those who lack the confidence to come out of their shells. Essentially, Rrose is a positive force within the scene that we all know and love.

When it comes to the music, Rrose is relentlessly consistent with her releases. After crashing onto the scene in 2011 on the late and great Sandwell District, Rrose’s records were provided with a home at Eaux, Horvitz’s own label. Eaux is now thirteen projects down the line in the five years it’s been active and it continues to act as the abode for Rrose’s productions and collaborations alike. Lurking between the realms of techno, industrial, ambient and noise, Rrose seems to faultlessly pick at the point at which these four genres intertwine, with every slab of wax she releases sounding all the more textured than the last. I recently caught up with a few friends who had witnessed one of Rrose’s live sets and the most fitting sentence they could think of to describe it was that it was like an outer-body experience that, despite its relatively brief run-time (an hour), felt like it lasted forever. This, to me, is how Rrose’s productions feel. They are rich with energy, drive and emotion to the extent that they usher in a sensation of time travelling at a slower pace, giving you more time to appreciate what it is that is going on.

It is with great delight that we present to you Rrose’s selections for today’s Tracks of the Day – four tracks centred around the issue of sexual diversity, celebrating the final week of Pride in London.

via youtube

Mykki Blanco

Join My Militia

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“I love this song and video. Nasty, provocative, dark, and ultimately enlightening, Mykki is not afraid to go there.”
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Diamanda Galas

Plague Mass

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“The Plague Mass is a powerful meditation on the suffering caused by the HIV/AIDS epidemic and a protest against those who try to enforce sexual stereotypes in the name of religion. I saw Diamanda perform it in the early ‘90s and the impression is still as strong as ever.”
via youtube

rRoxymore / Oni Ayhun / Aquarian Jugs / Jaguar Woman

DR1-2

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“The brainchild of Paula Temple, decon/recon puts a brilliant and crucial political twist on the idea of a record label. For each release, four artists (at least two of which must identify as female) provide samples for the others to use. The resulting tracks are credited equally to all four. Here is my favorite from the first release. “This project wants to put identity into a crisis by giving a collective authoriality and by letting all hierarchies collapse into a collective resonance who dares to become.” (WARBEAR)”
via youtube

The Cut Up

Lady Jaye & Genesis BREYER P-ORRIDGE

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Genesis has been an important inspiration for me since my youth, via Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV, and various writings. This video is (obviously) not music, but it elucidates some wonderful ideas on pandrogyny and the cut-up.”

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