Boomkat Product Review:
Diamond club cuts from Brazil-based producer Xiao Quan, tucking it mutant and darkside in a mesmerising, distinctive style he’s worked toward for the past few years
Keenly on our radar since his 2018 tape for Live Adult Entertainment, Xiao Quan has ploughed his own groove thru dembow, baile funk and offbeat techno rhythms with proper finesse and hypnotic atmospheres for the likes of Natural Sciences and Clan Destine in the past 12 months. Now on Canada’s Infinite Machine, the São Paolo-based producer absolutely has us with four tracks of needlepoint drum programming and broodingly melodic sensuality, deftly moving between a sort of technoid adjunct to DJ Python’s dembow deep house in ‘Chakram Intel Bulletins’ and Nkisi-esque kongo tekno inspiration on ‘Crying Freeman,’ with the title track redolent of Morphosis’ Middle Eastern techno enigma, and ’Shades of Death’ crushing it on a sort of mongrel tarraxho flex with eyeball-quivering bass action and drums spun into a cyberdub lather.
Bang on it. Big tip!