UK underground star Felix Lee breaks thru with a long-awaited and lushly formed debut album on Planet Mu, flanked by peers including Ecco2k, Yayoyanoh, Oxhy and Kamixlo
As an early collaborator with Elysia Crampton, organiser of London’s influential Endless events and NTS show, and previously producing under the 5tarb01 and Lexxi aliases, Felix Lee has been a pivotal underground figure for the past decade.
With ‘Inna Daze’ he finally presents a definitive self-portrait full of introspective, strung out feels, melancholy melodies and low-key bumps turning strains of reggaeton, R&B and drill to intimate purpose. It’s essentially emo and trip hop for 2019, but with some ruder leans to club music in the likes of ’Still Torn’ and the ripping synth leads of ‘Slow Decay’, both featuring Oxhy, as well as the bolshy militancy of ‘Smoke’ with Kamixlo.
Sightless Pit may be a new name in heavy music but its members are some of the most groundbreaking artist of the genre. Lee Buford (The Body), Kristin Hayter (Lingua Ignota) and Dylan Walker (Full Of Hell) recorded their debut ‘Grave Of A Dog’ at Machines With Magnets with Seth Manchester (The Body, Lightning Bolt).
"Fans will recognize immediately Buford’s singular percussion and production, Walker’s venomous howl and Hayter’s virtuosic voice. The three share a bleak vision of existence and a willingness to follow each other into the musical abyss. Sightless Pit are a group of expansive ideas, extensive experience working together and shared vision. Over the course of the eight tracks the trio reflect the extremes and emotional weight of their world view through elegiac dirges, driving beats and explosive crescendos. Together, three strong voices unite to create a work of remarkable clarity of expression of enormous sorrow, futility and, most of all, beauty."
Long awaited, bolshy debut album from South London’s Kamixlo, defining their industrialized blend of dembow, doomcore and emo metal for PAN after incursions made on their Codes series and bangers for Bala Club
After a string of cult cuts, Kamixlo’s debut album sees him condense personal experience of loss in recent years into a shredded soundclash of references to his Chilean heritage, wrestling, and nu metal, all held down with the kind of scything rhythms and ravishing dynamics that have served him very well since emerging around five years ago and making a rep with clubnight, Endless.
The Endless connection ties in Felix Lee on album highlight ‘Demonic Y’, and cloud rap producer Woesum guests on the bittersweet dembow tang of ‘Azucar’, but left to his own devices Kamixlo kills it with the blast beat bashment of ‘The Burning Hammer Bop’ - named after a mad wrestling move - while ‘Cicatriz’ (and ‘Cicatriz X’) takes its title from Spanish for ‘Scar’ and comes off like Citrac-era Ferraro Muscleworks meets DJ Scud on a dembow tip, and the ratty bam bam and digital noise of ‘Destruction’ takes Jonathan Davis to a neo-Blade style rave scene.
Big RIYL Kelman Duran, Croww, Endgame, Z’ev, Limp Bizkit