Elysia Crampton is a Bolivian-American producer, sound artist and conceptual collagist who performs and speaks around the world. Her music is an ambitious confluence of ideas, synthesising multiple underrepresented histories, geographies, musical genres and cultural signifiers into compelling, colourful sonic material that packs contemporaneous dancefloor weight.
Following last year’s American Drift EP on Blueberry Records, her newest work, Elysia Crampton presents: Demon City arrived on Break World Records this past summer. Demon City is a concept album that works as an epic poem and features guest appearances from Chino Amobi, Why Be, Rabit and Lexxi. Its live version is accompanied by Dissolution of The Sovereign: A Time Slide Into The Future, an audiovisual play that unfolds as a DJ production and live performance, bridging the Aymara oral history tradition/theater legacy with Elysia’s own trans-femme abolitionist grasp of futurity.
Elysia uses a queer experience of the body as a lens through which to question institutional understandings of geography, territory and chronology. Like the counterpart “digital nation state” NON, her identification with indigenous culture and nomadism (“I was taught at an early age that mobility is key to survival”) accompanies a disdain for the colonial and the national. In her case, there’s also a special concern and heart for heritage and land itself. Modern Painters wrote,”an earthiness or sensitivity to ecology is present in Crampton’s sound, but alongside this she’s also accrued fragments of mass culture and digests the two simultaneously—where the two collide, there are moments that speak to another kind of landscape that one encounters while moving out in the world.”
The Wire wrote, "although it’s possible to contextualise Crampton’s work among that of her contemporaries, hers is a truly singular style...she’s able to synthesize numerous musical forms, crashing timbres, dense percussion, mauled samples, pretty synth lines, club music structures dismantled from within, and much more, into bold music rich with purpose and feeling."