X-Altera: New Harbinger EP (Sneaker Social Club, 2020)

November 20, 2020 at 6:49 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

X-Altera: New Harbinger EP

Ann Arbor legend Tadd Mullinix started the X-Altera alias a few years ago, exploring a fusion of drum’n’bass and breakbeat techno nodding to mid-’90s acts like Jacob’s Optical Stairway. After an amazing debut album on Ghostly, his new EP arrives on leading U.K. hardcore revivalist label Sneaker Social Club, and it’s another fantastic set of ever-twisting rhythms and lush, fluid textures. Combining several elements from jungle’s golden era, there’s time-stretched ragga vocals, atmospheric sax flutters, heavy yet relaxing bass, and some choice nature samples. The vibes are super positive and the beats constantly trek down different paths while keeping you on your feet. It’s just a beautiful, timeless sound and few, if any, are doing it better.

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