San Francisco’s MATRiXXMAN is consistently pushing out some dancefloor delights this year. The So Wavey label head seems to have a knack of making a unique brand of dark warehouse music that is of the likes of Ghost’s on Tape, Kontact, and Boddika. His new EP on New York label Fifth Wall is no different. The XX Files is six tracks of future-perfect four by four grooves that hold true to the American legacy of Chicago and New York while incorporating elements of UK house and Garage.
The release boasts a bolstering six tracks, which are all talk and no filler. Every cut has it’s own distinct sonic texture to the point where the album could be split into two separate releases. The two strongest tracks are on the A-side of the record, “Case Closed” and “Credentials”. The Two tracks capture everything good about WBMX-era Chicago house, while still holding a seal of freshness around them. The Second half of the album holds a more granular percussive techno aesthetic akined to the new Techno and House crossover that some have dubbed Warehouse.
I highly recommend listening to the whole album preview below. The album is set for release on July 23rd.
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