Following on from last year's 'STRGTHS', Sweden's shadowy and unpronounceable electronic duo SHXCXCHCXSH are back with another LP of their blurred futuristic techno. Retreating a little from the aggressive beatmaking of their debut, they're placing more focus on the dark ethereal drones and woozy synthscapes this time around.
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- Linear S Decoded by SHXCXCHCXSH
8/10 Ant Staff review, 26 September 2014
Techno fiends rejoice! I hereby challenge you to ask for records by these guys over the counter without accidently gobbing in the record shop staff's face while trying to pronounce the name of this mysterious Swedish duo. They've returned reasonably swiftly with their follow up to last years 'Strngths' with their sophomore album for Avian (also the second album on the label).
'Linear S Decoded' really embodies the whole Aesthetic of the label and is compatible for both club and home listening. More than merely your average techno album of dancefloor fodder with the odd ambient interlude, the record is an expansive fully formed album that alongside the Function & Vatican Shadow album, I've been playing over and over this past week both loud and through headphones.
The duo trade in the relentless and brutal industrial pummeling of its predecessor, exploring deeper into rich electronic texture, deep washed out dubby soundscapes, emotionally rich melody and the odd field recording all aimed at the head while grubby drums are assigned to foot duty.
Here SHXCXCHCXSH's vintage future production sound is lovely and warm, with just the right amount of reverb/ static/ fuzz/ light hiss across their distinctive sound palette. 'Elocution' has a wicked old Belgian techno vibe that recalls stuff like early Frank De Wulf productions/ golden era R&S filtered through the Avian penchant for darkness. 'The Undershore' gives off a bit of a lo-fi Aphex 'Polynomial-C' vibe, proper lush haunting breakbeat techno. Sweet filtering on the drums too. Covering the full spectrum of techno styles from lower tempos/ dark ambient/ offbeat experimental/ melodic. Across to more stomping but always cerebrally immersive, early hours dancefloor tracks, it never gets messy with their own post-industrial sound making for a very cohesive record which I'm sure is one of the finer techno long players we'll hear in 2014.
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