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Boomkat Product Review:
Seriously spannered musical cross-pollination here: XT make free jazz, but using the sonic backdrop of Chicago house. In an attempt to reflect the musical variety of Cafe OTO, they intersperse their freeform sax 'n drums splatter with triggered electronic elements and sampled references. Weird shit, and very good.
XT is saxophone player Seymour Wright and percussionist Paul Abbott, who on their fourth full-length channel the cultural-referencing musical relevance of house and footwork and dump it into a free jazz framework. It's not the first time the duo have managed to express this kind of fusion; in 2019 they released a 2018 collaboration with Chicago's own footwork pioneer RP Boo.
On "Deorlaf X" they take what they've learned from not only this collaboration but their regular run of Cafe OTO performances, and bend these elements into their already well-tuned artistic practice. So squealing horns and clattering drums are spaced out and disrupted by bursts of noise or triggered samples. Occasionally everything comes to a hard stop, before jerky electronics take over completely.
It's time-warping, mind-fluxing material that ties the forward motion of Charlie Parker and Ornette Coleman with the furious dancefloor lyricism of Larry Heard, Theo Parrish or DJ Rashad.