Boomkat Product Review:
xin tears out on Subtext with a vital detournement of neurofunk D&B, hardcore and dubstep dynamics in their utterly compelling debut album, including a superb link-up with Aya (fka Loft)
Leaning deeper into hypermodern dance musick after 2018’s introductory EP ‘To Shock the Sky and Shake the Earth’ and a key live show in support of Holly Herndon’s ‘PROTO’ launch, xin first full length embraces the breath of their vision from mercurial sci-fi noise sculpture thru bodily-fluid dance swerve and seething hardcore ecstasy.
Working within a resoundingly diffuse, steeply layered framework of sloshing grids, ‘Melts Into Love’ appears to limn a process of transition or even transcendence of thought and body into virtuality and back into imagination and the dancefloor. Using contemporary palettes of snarling synths associated with millennial D&B and dubstep, and swirling layers of atomised, granular synthetic texture, xin terraforms a vividly singular world that works in parallel to dimensions manifested by TCF, FIS and Cam Deas, yet remains distinguished by its own, elusive sense of meter and unique laws of physics.
Catalysing the process with the sound of gamelan or wood block percussion frozen and rendered into the void on ‘All That Is Solid’, the album twists from chrome-tear vamps in ‘Crrrash!’ to writhing RTeese bass figures that gnaw the noumenal ‘floor in ‘Real Frenzy’, leading to a soaring hook-up with Aya in the vaulted choral designs and inverted flashcore rush of ‘Spent, Wasted and Saved’, while ‘Declared Denied’ comms off like a Torn or Current Value mauler shorn of its percussive exoskeleton, and the brownian acid swill of ‘No Relief, No Perspective, No Vanishing Point’ will make sure your grey matter remains rearranged long after ingestion.