Silvia Jiménez Alvarez, aka JASSS, had already built up a solid reputation in Berlin before her debut album, last year’s excellent Weightless, had critics frothing at the mouth. There’s a damn good reason why she was featured in FACT’s 10 house and techno artists to watch in 2018.
Alvarez relocated to the German techno hub back in 2011 and, over the next few years, made a name for herself as an adventurous, unpredictable DJ, playing regularly at Mannequin Records parties and more recently at Berghain’s Säule.
This attitude is evident in her own productions, first on a handful of hard-edged 12″s for Mannequin and Anunnaki Cartel and later on Weightless. This slew of releases illustrates Alvarez’s unique ability to mesh her early experience playing in hardcore bands in Spain with her passion for DIY techno, EBM and industrial music, pushing at electronic music’s sterility and injecting a hit of raw energy.