Athens via... the world? Perfect Oracle is the debut EP from Xyn Cabal who, informed by the tempestuous politics of Greece, has created tracks that borrow from all sorts of dance musics. It's the grime influence that is most audible, Xyn Cabal taking its sounds and rhythms and turning them into speed freaks. On Death Of Rave.
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Silver coloured vinyl 12" EP on The Death Of Rave, cut at Dubplates & Mastering. Edition of 300 copies.
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Mystical dancefloor pressure from Xyn Cabal on The Death of Rave utilizing international rhythmic influences from gqom, kuduro, reggaeton and most prominently grime. This Athens producer, clearly channelling their dissatisfaction with current Greek politics into a pretty tough EP that converts that angry energy into tracks that are dark yet ultimately more ecstatic and euphoric than nihilistic thanks to the odd trance-like sliver here and there which seems to be de rigueur. They’re all meticulously constructed tunes; opener ‘Ǝ’ unfurls with brooding bass, erupts with machine gun percussion and dissolves into weeping trance motifs. ‘Nowei’ twists and wriggles with weighty colliding drums, crunching claps and child-like vocal snatch. ‘Perfect Oracle’ loops Arabic vocal samples and again, more trance synth action. It’s kinda like if Shackleton made dark trance or summat.
‘Ordnance’ is probably my pick of the bunch with its stuttering ratcheting drums clanging like Rian Treanor or Gábor Lázár gone darkside. Actually, scrub that, ‘MSFVenom’ could well be my pick once the gnarly bass rips and the clanking drums fully lock in. As someone that lived through the heydey of trance, that stuff was like kryptonite to me and when I hear some of that essence running through this kinda music it sorta spoils it for me a wee bit - which is a shame as I like a lot of the other elements. Might be a different story though if I were on a dancefloor - more pharmaceutical than human.
I reckon this would compliment/be nicely compatible with the HXE 10" out on UIQ this week.
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