Fixate: s/t (Exit Records UK, 2022)

May 20, 2022 at 7:25 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Fixate: s/t

Fixate’s new album (either his first or second, depending on whether What Comes Around counts as an album or EP) has plenty of DJ ammo, but it feels like it’s meant to be experienced as a front-to-end journey. Unconfined by genre, the producer slips between modes and tempos, delivering well-tooled rhythmic expressions. Often categorized as “halftime”, his productions often draw from a drum’n’bass palette without really resembling the genre’s typical rhythms; these tracks often sound more like a twitchier variation on trap. “Gristle” is a cross between electro and the current UK bass scene, and “G Reg Metro” ducks down a similar alley. Some of the tracks that seem like they’re going to be closer to straightforward drum’n’bass end up curving away in remarkable ways, like the acid techno fantasia of “On Edge”. Only towards the end of the album (or the second plate, on the LP version) does it resemble more typical d’n’b, and tracks like “Must Be” do it with class.

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