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HXE continue 'club' music's trance revival. INDS is a four track EP on UIQ featuring what the press release enticingly calls "Industrial dancehall smackdown". To my ears they take the unrepentant melancholic intensity of industrial music and puts some euphoric trance shine on it. Extremely crying in the club.

Limited Vinyl 10" £9.99 £7.99 UIQ011

4-track 10" EP on UIQ. Master and vinyl cut at D&M, Berlin. Edition of 300 copies.

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8/10 Ant Staff review, 23 May 2019

Whuuuuuuutttt?!?!?! My dome is melting... there are too many little words made from big letters. Let me see if the pulsating CPU inside my cranium can get this right... this 4-track EP by HXE (fka HEX) and is called 'INDS' and is out on UIQ (Lee Gamble’s label innit). Bingo!

HEX you may recall had an EP out a couple of years ago on Liberation Technologies. Whether this London duo’s reincarnation as HXE shares similar sonic tropes to their output as HEX, I’ve no idea, cuz I’ve not heard that EP in ages, and I can’t remember what I had for breakfast, let alone an EP I’ve not heard in a wee while.

What I can tell you though, is that these four cuts spread across a 10” are concise and go in hard. ‘Shiver’ is a quivering rave banger - like imagine The Mover making Grime rooted industrial dancehall mutations and you’re getting close. ‘Rozy’ is a manic twitcher, again rhythmically owing a wee bit to Grime but ramped up with euphoric sweeps and flourishes that’ll have a dancefloor all bobbing in perfect unison. The metallic, bombastic ‘Spill’ is like some industrial production line in the year 2050, manned by robots, breaking out of the daily mechanical grind by throwing some Robo-B-boy moves. ‘Worm’ is a slammer which rattles and crunches along with plump, punishing subs and tight, on point production and sound design - as is the EP throughout, and in keeping with UIQ’s ever futuristic aesthetic.

I reckon you could have some fun with two copies of this, mixing, phasing and chopping them up into oblivion. Check if you dig stuff like SD Laika, Shapednoise, M.E.S.H. and Rabit’s tougher early productions.





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