Rising techno artist STEYA signs thrilling debut EP ‘Dopamine’ to Index Marcel Fengler

Rising techno artist STEYA signs thrilling debut EP ‘Dopamine’ to Index Marcel Fengler

Emerging Belgian DJ/producer STEYA shares her debut EP on IMF, becoming just the ninth artist to release a full body of work on original Berghain resident Marcel Fengler’s influential label. The five-track work includes remixes by Rolando and Hertz. STREAM A PREVIEW NOW.

The Berlin-based artist has stamped herself as one to watch since breaking through in 2022, a regular at RSO Berlin and Grelle Forelle in Vienna, she’s also played Tomorrowland, Exhale, Rex Club and Basement in NYC.

Her first forays into production reinforced her quality, with ‘Neon Reecho’ featuring on RAW's Third Eye compilation in 2021, followed by the release of 'Elysian' on BCCO's second V/A as well as the excellent ’Prototype X’ on the ‘10 Years of IMF’ that dropped in 2022, followed by a standout contribution to the label’s new HARDPROOF V/A series in 2023 with ‘Trigger Me’.

Her debut EP crystalises 20 years of devotion to techno, presenting a broad palette of sonic influences formed since her early days as a raver in Antwerp, where she fought against a strict Jewish upbringing to immerse herself in the city’s thriving club scene. At the same time, it continues the label’s philosophy of pairing a next generation artist with respected heads of the genre, with long-time Swedish producer Hertz and STEYA’s hero Rolando featuring on her ‘Dopamine EP’. Growing up in Belgium where the ‘Knights of the Jaguar’ was a staple childhood anthem, it was “one of her biggest wishes to have him [Rolando] as a remixer”.

An EP borne through two years of dedicated studio time, ‘Dopamine EP’ kicks off with the electric title track, a gritty tribal outing marked by dynamic shifts in tempo throughout. ‘Fast Life’ is a slick bass-led cut with plenty of bottom-end kick before a punchy synth melody gets added to the brew. Hertz – a favourite of STEYA’s (“I’ve played one of his tracks in every set since the beginning of my career”) joins the project to re-work the title track, upping the energy of the original. ‘Things You Never Said’ begins life centred around energetic rolling grooves, before warm synth rushes give it a distinct Motor City vibe. Rolando fittingly steps up for remix duties to close out the EP, delivering a masterclass in deep simmering techno, extending the original by two minutes.

"It’s a big honour to release my debut EP on such an amazing label like IMF, which is very close to my heart. I poured my heart and soul into this project. It showcases the artistic direction I’ve developed over the last few years and is an important milestone in my artist journey."STEYA

"After experiencing many of her stunning DJ sets, it's wonderful to see her thriving also as a producer. What really excites me is witnessing her continuous growth, always fuelled by her deep passion for music. So, I’m thrilled to release STEYA's debut EP on IMF, featuring three original dancefloor anthems and two stellar remixes by Rolando and Hertz.”Marcel Fengler

 

Index Marcel Fengler · IMF014 - STEYA - Dopamine EP (Preview)

 

STEYA – 'Dopamine' EP

Cat no.: IMF014
Label: Index Marcel Fengler
Release date: 12 July 2024
Format: Digital / Vinyl / Streaming
Stream previews & pre-order: https://tinyurl.com/muepu6ks

Tracklist

1. STEYA - Dopamine
2. STEYA - Fast Life
3. STEYA - Dopamine (Hertz Remix)
4. STEYA – Things You Never Said
5. STEYA – Things You Never Said (Rolando Remix)

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