After listening to and working with survivors of torture and war crimes for years, ASA 808 is exploring the roots of awareness, vulnerabilities and bliss in a series of fresh releases that merge impelling drum beats with forward-thinking electronic music, influenced by introverted ambient. Awakening is the highest bliss, say Buddhists. Like a constant lucid dream, an ecstasy or acid trip of selfless awareness and limitless possibilities. Bliss holds this feeling in a raw, ecstatic and primal drum track that will heat up lots of clubs and festivals this year, while “Rebirth” deals with overcoming trauma and conveys the introverted side of the record.
With a harsh but unavoidable comparison to the lives of people in war zones, in exile or fleeing, the average millennial’s life in central Europe may seem like a constant high. ASA 808 reflects on the freedom our generation took for granted before the pandemic and Russian wars of aggression: Morning raves at clubs, timeless blissful moments on festivals, sex-positivity, freedom of movement, expression and nonconformity in our daily lives in liberal democracies. Privileges all humans should be able to enjoy, rights worth fighting for.
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