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Crystallmess – real name Christelle Oyiri – is a Paris-based artist with a, quite frankly, overwhelming CV. As well as being a composer, DJ and journalist, she is a sound artist as well as a mixed media one, soundtracking Jean Paul Gautier videos and Paris Fashion Week shows for Telfar while doing in-store sound design for the likes of Kenzo, plus contributing installations for the Pompidou Centre.
Operating a monthly slot on NTS with her UNLEASHED show, Crystallmess’s DJing style is wildly varied yet unexpectedly cohesive, connecting the dots between wall-quaking warehouse sounds and the latest sounds of rap, creating strong narratives as she goes. One recent show was dedicated to experimental bootlegs, blends, mash-up, “slash ups” and edits of Nicki Minaj tracks. Her own productions, too, are intriguing, and she released a split EP with Toxe on PAN’s white label series in 2019, dropping ‘ISSA REVENGE‘ earlier this year for a compilation that drew together the best of the new French electronic scene.
Blending tough French rap, mutant techno and brittle club sounds, Crystallmess’s Dummy Mix takes thrilling and haunting twists and turns. “It’s my first club-oriented mix in months, haven’t stepped foot in [a club] in months so this is the mix of a DJ trying to get their groove back in the midst of the world ending,” she explains. “Welcoming uncertainty and freestyling completely.” Dive in below.
2 Pac interview
Slikback – Sahara
Nazar – Why
Yelzin – Basic Instinct
Crime Mob – If You Got Ana
Simo Cell & Abdullah Miniawy – Locked In Syndrome
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13 Block – Boîte 6 40 Kil
Andy Garvey – Infinity
DJ Paul – Twist it Hit it Light it
Lee Gamble – A Tergo Real
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Dreamdoll – Ah Ah Ah ft Fivio Foreign
Jesse Osborne-Lanthier – Disused Leisureplex
Galaxian – Mutual Arising
Peder Mannerfelt – Everywhere, Everywhere
Nazar – Berghain
Crystallmess – Last train to chaos + Girl with an eagle eye
??? – Baissé Blessé
C-Town DJ’s – Body Body
AceMo – String Breaks