Pixelord: 99% (Hyperboloid, 2021)

May 22, 2021 at 4:18 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Pixelord: 99%

Russian artist Pixelord has been underrated for way too damn long. He was making dramatic Burial-esque garage and wonky bass a decade ago, and he’s moved closer to deconstructed club and hard vapour in recent years. 99% is his latest opus, and it’s like if NFTs existed in the late ’90s. Lots of rave stabs and jittery trance arpeggios, but with a level of hyper-energy which was barely being hinted at as more producers began composing with laptops. This whole thing crunches together so nicely. The beat programming is super punchy and constantly takes new forms, and even the few mellower moments feel like they’re glimpsing into another dimension. I can do without the autotune rap of “Guitarnaya” but otherwise this is an incredibly inventive, awesome release.

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