2013 was a break-out year for San Francisco based producer and internet persona, Martrixxman. The year climaxed with his EP ‘The XX Files’ on blossoming Brooklyn imprint Fifth Wall. The record cemented Matrixxman’s transition from his previous project 5kinAndBone5. After last years success of the EP a The XX Files: Part II has dropped, with a fair amount of anticipation. The new record released on Soo00 Wavey, Matrixxman & Vin Sol’s record label. It’s a definitely change in taste and structure from the last XX Files, in which the record adapts a similar context, but with a taste more aligned with the Sooo Wavey sound.
A1. Soul M8 - Good drum track with interesting drum samples, and detuned 808 sounds. The melody doesn’t get me going though. Sounds like it’s heavily influenced by Vaporwave/5kinandbone5 sounds | 2 out of 5
A2. Holographic Ft. Vin Sol – Second best cut from the record. Nice moving dancefloor atmosphere with simple elements. This track is the most similar to the previous XX Files 1 | 3 out of 5
B1. Jane Doe – Has the most jacking qualities out of the record. the phaser effects and drum sequencing is pleasantly constructed. I could see this as a good energy tool for DJs at the right time of the night | 2 out of 5
B2. Artificial Intelligence – is a hollow and spacious sound palette that reminds me of dark foggy nights in San Francisco. The synths feel the most complete, and full out of the four tracks on the record. Something that can easily be lost in | 4 out of 5
I think this is a good record to add to your bag if you’re interested in analog drum tracks, and listen to a lot of the weird outboard stuff from people like, Ital, Bobby Browser, Bicep, etc.
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words | Cassidy