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Best New Album: SHXCXCHCXSH – Linear S Decoded

It’s been way too long since I properly reviewed an entire album. That’s not to say I haven’t been listening to any albums worth posting, just that it’s becoming harder and harder to find the actual time to write. Well, here’s an album worth breaking my silence for.

SHXCXCHCXSH (an unpronounceable name that sounds like noise or a drum pattern when sounded out) are an anonymous duo hailing from Sweden. Known for blurring the lines between techno, experimental, and industrial, SHXCXCHCXSH have released their finest work yet. As RA mentions:

The LP jumps from noisy abrasion to melodic sweetness and back again, all with a determinedly off-kilter slant. The tracks even have intelligible names this time (though we’re still not sure what they’re supposed to mean).

Linear S Decoded is a warm yet abstract journey, finding harmony in blending just the right amount of noise, distortion, 4/4 kicks, ambiance and melody. It’s much softer than previous releases, though far more impactful.

1. Entering the S-Cloud
2. Drain This Lord
3. Wadin Guise
4. The Roots
5. Elocution
6. Helical Dialog
7. The Under Shore
8. The Repelling of the Quantitive Invasion
9. A Sunny Day in Ostrogothia
10. Rudimental Retreat
11. This Hmming Raverie
12. Sub Mission – The Atlantic Vision
13. Monolithic Conclusion

New Aphex Twin: minipops 67 [120.2][source field mix]

Great track off of Aphex Twin’s forthcoming “Syro.”

Track of the Week: Connan Mockasin – Faking Jazz Together

Saw these guys in concert last week. By far the best show I’ve ever been to.

Shed Becomes The Traveller

Under the new moniker “The Traveller,” Shed has just released a new 12″ on Ostgut Ton. It’s fierce and dancefloor ready, with “BER” an experimental interlude. I think this needs no further introduction.


Xhin’s Debut Album “Sword” Released

Arguably the most highly anticipated techno album of 2011, Sword, Xhin’s debut album on Stroboscopic Artefacts is finally out (on 11/11/11)! As I’ve mentioned before, a proper techno album requires an extremely delicate balance for multiple contexts of listening: the club, at home, and everything in between. Sword demonstrates Xhin’s profound skills as a sound designer and his breadth of electronic influences and visions. Xhin guides us on a journey through the void. It is aggressive and at times violent, but a constant reminder of “the dance floor as a place of common refuge.” Sword plants a strong footing for not only Xhin as a breakout talent of 2011, but for Stroboscopic Artefacts as well. Well done.

The Secret Closet
Fox and Wolves
You Against Yourself
This Is What You Drew While You Were Half Asleep

While the tracks are being put up as I write this, enjoy the previews through Beatport for now.

Kassem Mosse

I first heard of Kassem Mosse (real name Gunnar Wendel) while watching him play live on Boiler Room TV in Berlin a few weeks back. I had originally planned to watch Redshape, but I got the times mixed up (and thankfully so). I was immediately taken aback hearing Kassem’s set. Ambient, acid, techno? I couldn’t pin down his sound. His bio says it best: “Mosse has carved out a unique time-warped sound that many have tagged as too slow for traditional techno but too sparse for house.”

You can watch his hour-long set HERE (watching the Berliners get down in the background always makes for a good time) or listen to the full set HERE. And while I’m at it, here’s some of my favorite tunes of his:

Lawrence – Divided (Kassem Mosse Remix)

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