‘StuxNet’ is San Franciscan DJ and producer Matrixxman’s second release on Spectral Sound (sister label of experimental pop label Ghostly International) following his debut ‘Amulet’. Crammed full of multi layered, analog concepts, this versatile four track EP is an exploration of futuristic techno influenced by deep Chicago house vibes.
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7/10 Laurie Staff review, 13 March 2015
Matrixxman is a man that loves Xs and the futurist association that the letter has never managed to escape. It’s a sort of reflection of the acid style as a whole - glimpses into an alternate future that will probably never happen because people are so hung up on the Biebers and 1Ds of this world to care about fusty concepts such as ‘innovation’, ‘interest’ and, god forbid, ‘enjoyment’. The San Fran DJ doesn’t really mind all this, because he’s essentially ushered in his own personal future to replace all this current embarrassment.
Stuxnet is a technified mutation of his Spectral Sound debut last year ‘Amulet’, an EP whose actually fairly bright tone provided some deep house respite for the summer. From the long SF winter (heh) he has emerged a new, darker beast, with polyrhythmic acid synth lines piping up a fairly restrained squelch that still delivers the futuresound vibe that gets him up in the morning. The tempo’s up and the drum machine repeats are rife on the ‘Stuxnet’ side A duo - big manly pumping techno for ur legs n ears. There could be a lot more of a distinction between these two, but I guess that’s why they’re a whole ‘part1+2’ thing.
In line with this new twist in his sonic progression, his buds Hieroglyphic Being and Silent Servant step in to destroy the bulging positivity found on 2 of the tracks on ‘Amulet’. HB’s reimagining of ‘Venetian Mask’ is arguably the most melodic cut here, with synths that don’t stray too far from the old-school world of tonal music, but is still pretty adrenal regardless. Things get more minimal on SS’s rework of ‘The Caravan’ which centers around an extremely subdued kick, a barely-changing Warpesque drift pad and some distant reverbed scratches. A chill but slightly unnerving end to a decent release.
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