Xanopticon - The Silver Key EP
Zhark Int. 12016
From America's isolated chambers spews forth the long awaited Zhark International release by none other than Xanopticon, master of micro-psychotic beat fuckery. This three tracker starts off with the epic "Lock Jaw" - a showcase of his pummeling yet aerodynamic aesthetic which cuts through any dancefloor like shards of broken mirror against the fabric of time. The new elegance in his production shines through with less clutter in the chaos - no excess to be found in this excessive masterpiece. The flip side delivers the driving "Stable Fire", an experiment in capturing the essence of the explosive element. Once again, his sreamlined beats unlock doors to forbidden states of physical frenzy. "Forgotten Language" rounds this 12" off with the sinister buzzing breaks and scraping bass which he has built his well deserved reputation on. Zhark is proud to restart from its hiatus with the great Silver Key, for in its cryptical arabesques there may stand symbolised all the aims and mysteries of a blindly impersonal cosmos.
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One of the few electronic musicians who truly defy comparison, Pittsburgh's Xanopticon has been steadily and thoroughly annihilating dancefloors since around 2000AD. This fiendish bastard doesn't hesitate to carve new and horrifying neurological pathways into his victim's brains with razor-thin sonic shards of unknown alien origin. Will you dance? Or will you peel your obsolete flesh from your fragile, useless body? Reactions are as confounding and troubling as the catalyst.
So, dear reader - who would dare toy with such madness? Madmen, of course. On "Alembic", the latest 12" pariah from Thac0 Records, 4 of the most talented electronic musicians from across this filthy planet each take a stab at righting the wrong that is a Xanopticon track.
Enter first the brave DJ Hidden [Evol Intent, Outbreak, Hymen, Mokum] from the nether lands. He has unearthed Xanopticon's monstrosity "Symptom" and dragged it back to his northern lair to torture and mutilate. What he has produced simply should not be: a violent, haunting slice of drum n bass with basslines that will collapse your lungs as you gasp for one last breathe.
Abelcain [Low Res, Addict] is no stranger to the macabre. He has combined the meatiest morsels from "Stormtower" with grim, unearthly components in his foul cauldron. The resulting concoction is both wondrous and disturbing, crawling further under your skin with each listen.
Next, coming up to bat is heavyhitter Duran Duran Duran [Planet Mu, Cock Rock Disco] with what could be the dance hit of the year. Spine-shattering beats light up the night sky with the tattered remains of "Tinw" in a marriage that will invariably end in a bitter divorce.
Atomhead [Hangars Liquides, Dyslexic Response] has more aliases than a cold-war era Soviet spy. You may know him as Undacova. Or Erratic. Or 1/2 of Duncan Avoid. Or 1/Nth of xE Phalanx. Or that guy who plucked the last shred of sanity from your fevered grasp with his punishing, throbbing distortion of Xanopticon's "4 Hit Points".
This tender slice of 12" perversion is on red vinyl and wrapped in a full-color jacket illustrated by the diabolical Keith Thompson and is available now for $7. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to order.