The Face Mix 003: Sen­ti­men­tal Rave

Absorb an hour of pure intensity from the Paris artist.

There’s a sense of tough love to Sen­ti­men­tal Rave’s style, and her artist name is a fair­ly reli­able advert for her DJ sets. Recog­nis­ing the cathar­tic poten­tial of intense club music, she thrash­es through gab­ber, tech­no, hard­core and indus­tri­al tracks with­out neglect­ing emo­tive melody. Since releas­ing her first EP in 2017, her music has been con­sis­tent­ly exper­i­men­tal, while her track titles and aes­thet­ics sug­gest a rebel­lious spirit.

For her The Face mix, Sen­ti­men­tal Rave is on par­tic­u­lar­ly ruth­less form, deliv­er­ing a pul­veris­ing pow­er hour that cap­tures the ner­vous excite­ment walk­ing into an aus­tere, strobe-lit ware­house venue. Lis­ten in the play­er above and check out a Q&A along­side the track­list below. 

Sen­ti­men­tal Rave appears at Con­crete Lates, South­bank Cen­tre, Lon­don, 28 June.

How did you get into DJing?

I start­ed to DJ three years ago I think. With my friends, I start­ed a par­ty named Les Amours Alter­na­tives. This was linked with our web­site based on a dis­cus­sion about women in dif­fer­ent forms of art. I nev­er thought about being a DJ, I just real­ly enjoyed warm­ing up for our night, then some friends asked me to DJ for oth­ers, and now I’m here.

What makes you feel good when you’re DJing in the club? 

I think that is an inde­scrib­able feel­ing. It’s some­thing that you can’t find some­where else. Being a DJ today, it’s not always easy. Of course, we are real­ly priv­i­leged by our way of work­ing, but we are also always being judged by each oth­er, on social media, by peo­ple that we don’t know. It can be a lot of pres­sure some­times. But when you play, you can dis­con­nect your brain, and for that time you feel that you have con­trol of some­thing. You can guide the audi­ence. It’s very pow­er­ful to put some­thing sad – a speech, or some­thing – togeth­er with a lot of ener­gy and see how peo­ple react. If I can be free in anoth­er way I will do it, but for now, I can’t find some­thing sim­i­lar to this feeling.

Who would you most like to see on the cov­er of The Face?

I think that so many peo­ple are inter­est­ing in dif­fer­ent ways – some of them are not famous, or cool, like they say. I don’t see only one face, I see a gen­er­a­tion, a new one, some col­lec­tives and some artists with val­ues, aware about what’s hap­pen­ing in the world right now and still try­ing to build some­thing new. All these peo­ple deserve a cover.

  1. Fan­ny – Artists or Anarchists 
  2. Daniel Ruane – Agiel 
  3. Jamie Lidell – Onabouldapushin
  4. Poly­gon Win­dows – Quoth (wood­en thump mix)
  5. Swim­ful – Nailz
  6. Ton­ni 3000 – Hard­core Mind
  7. Cement Tea – Irre­spon­si­ble Nosebleedings 
  8. Danirev – 0GravmechDigitalcagematch 
  9. Penelope’s Fiance – The Obsessive
  10. Emil­i­az – Untitled
  11. Peter Gatien – Bombscare
  12. Oshey­ack – Unti­tled 6
  13. Ter­ro­ry­th­mus — Gr3y
  14. Ne/​Re/​A — We Conform
  15. Lau­ra Grabb — Force Factory
  16. Sen­ti­men­tal Rave – Get Out (unre­leased edit)
  17. Samix – A1
  18. Crys­tal Ener­gy – Liq­uid Child 
  19. Sick DJ team – Youthanasia 
  20. Plexøs — Crushed World
  21. Funkmas­ter Flex & 9 Dou­ble M – Six Mil­lions Ways to Die
  22. IVV­VO – Self-rape

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