Cape Town Born Angel-Ho is excited to announce her new album, ‘Death Becomes Her’. Known in circles as one of the founders of Non Worldwide, partnered with Chino Amobi and Nkisi , she is highly regarded as DJ and electronic music producer. On ‘Death Becomes Her‘ Angel-Ho shifts things up to another level.
Angel describes the record as her “debut proper”, a line in the sand, showcasing herself as performer, producer and lyricist, as well as a collaborator. Drawing on inspiration from her own flamboyant favourites such as Lady Gaga, Missy Elliot, Bjork and even Kanye West, this ambitious, artful and sometimes radical album of neo-pop pushes the pop framework even further.
Teetering on the brink of vertiginous chaos and dissonance, whilst slowly revealing its depth and grandeur once you settle into its essence. Alongside a cast of collaborators that include French producer Nunu, South African producer Baby Caramel, Asmara Maroof from Nguzunguzu, Bon and Gaika, Angel re-orientates the usual trans-atlantic pop sound to encompass a brace of experimental, diasporic producers to create beats that alternate between angular, propulsive, murky, loose, abrasive and breezy.
On top of these often advanced rhythms, Angel-Ho also raps and sings for the first time with lyrics about love, sex, glamour, struggle and universal fantasies, treated with an ambiguity that restructures the narrative within a trans-identity.
Her choice of guest MCs also reflects this energetic queering with K-$ and Qweezy from Cape Town, plus underground Asian American rapper K-Rizz, laying down assertive bars.
Angel describes the album as one of ‘emancipation and trans identity’. The intent of the title and the drive of the lyrics are a way of ‘killing the old self, and expressing a poetic way of assuming a new identity’, ‘assuming rather than transforming because transformation feels as if something is being left behind, when in fact my identity is in assuming my trans goddess’.
On ‘Death Becomes Her’, Angel-Ho carves out a new space with her unique take on contemporary pop. Overflowing with charisma, sometimes reminiscent of Grace Jones, this album is fiercely sassy and celebratory. Get excited!