But after delving into music production and beginning to make her own music a few years later, she struggled to get labels to stand up and take notice at home. “It’s not a very rich country,” she says of her South American birthplace, before explaining that the people who could invest in music were not willing to risk money on something or someone as different as her. This prompted her move to Berlin four years ago.
“I was signed by another label in Berlin originally which was a really bad experience,” she tells us. “But then I ended up working at a club where Modeselektor threw parties and got chatting to their tour manager.” This chance meeting led to them swapping music before the label snapped up her ‘Fear’ EP in early 2018. Since then she’s played a constellation of live shows and streams including MELT, ADE, Sónar and Berghain.
The essence of ‘Break’ can’t easily be summed up – that’s its beauty. Opener ‘Down In The Basement’ has shrill synths that could soundtrack dystopian horror franchise The Purge as she delivers whispery, sluggish rap, projecting frustration and angst against electroclash motifs and weighty beats.
“I want the listener to be refuelled with strength,” she explains. “Stand up, put on your make-up, pick yourself up and get going. This album is meant to be a fuel.” As she says on ‘I Don’t Care’, “I’m not staying quiet this time, I’m smashing the door cos it’s mine!”
‘Break’ by CATNAPP is out now
Leah Jade Connolly is a freelance writer, follow her on Twitter
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