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Xhin // Perc [SA014]

Stroboscopic Artefacts on May 01, 2012 07:53

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On SA014 Xhin and Perc explore the savage side of the dance floor with four punishing tracks. The EP is sliced open by ‘She’s The Disease’. Xhin’s A1 is saturated with details: strange metallic scrapes, squelching pads and beats that constantly push to the surface. A2 ‘Blinding Truth’ is a master class in dense, industrial textures. The track swoons and swoops in and out of focus revealing Xhin at his shadowy finest. On the flip side of the wax Perc’s ‘Forge’ is built around no-nonsense broken beats and layered with eerie, granulated sounds. The key to ‘Forge’ is counterbalance, Perc volleys sounds off one another, shifting the atmosphere between strictly industrial and sharply glacial reference points. The EP is closed as darkly as it began with ‘Kater’. Atop stabbing beats Perc stacks strange reed tones, wisps of a conversation held far in the distance and split second samples that could have been prised from an opera. ‘Kater’ is a production that is brilliantly constructed: these sounds shouldn’t necessarily work together, but their combination is brutally good. SA014 showcases two of Stroboscopic Artefacts’ core artists using experimental sound design to fortify productions that are more that capable of destroying the dance floor.

SA014 wa craftily mastered by Artefacts Mastering, Berlin.

Words Clare Molloy

Released by: Stroboscopic Artefacts
Release/catalogue number: SA014
Release date: May 11, 2012

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