x.nte: HYPER BEAM (Kitty On Fire, 2021)

June 20, 2021 at 1:38 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment


Atlanta’s x.nte has released material on Never Normal, Sonicterror, Cock Rock Disco, and several other labels, and his newest is on Kitty On Fire, easily one of the better sources for new school ravey breakcore these days. HYPER BEAM is scattered and manic, yet there’s a strange sense of grace to it, with layers of atmospheric pianos or harps underneath the compressed, static-scorched noises and combusting breaks. The sample at the beginning of “keepyourmouthshut” about teaching kids not to trust cops is both playful and serious, and “sweet memories” is like a deep drill at the dentist’s office that’s somehow made soothing through lots of drugs and relaxing background music. “vendetta3” is a plunge into slower tempos and more gaseous textures, providing a more pillowy comedown. “radio warped” stretches out into a sort of erratic electro cruncher with junglist interjections. “rollout70s” is similar to the type of hyper-scattered, rambunctious, off-the-grid breakcore people like Duran Duran Duran were starting to make 20 years ago (jeeeeeez) but with a vaguely atmospheric footwork bent at the end. “backpacking” starts out sounding like hard, rolling drum’n’bass, then it quickly devolves into chaos. “deep dark sleep” seems like one of the more structured tracks here, building up to smashing breaks and gabber kicks but also leaving room for a sort of mystical breakdown. Really outstanding productions that play well with contrasts, but also have a raw, DIY feel to them.

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