Boomkat Product Review:
Sweden's SHXCXCHCXSH are set to catch a lot of heads off guard with this killer debut album.
After a handful of noisy techno lashes for HEM and Avian, they render an unforeseen dilation of their sound alloying elements of trance and chamber-like vocals with their oxidised industrial churn. 'Strgths' is crafted as an album, rather than a bunch of DJ tools, using the first plate to experiment with styls beyond their previous remit, as on the etheric folk vocal and trancey ambient motifs on 'SLVRBBL' and the stunning pitched percussion of 'LTLWLF' on the first side, before unleashing a torrent of techno proper, from the Zhark-like train rhythms of 'RSRRCTN' to the intense, airborne modulations of 'LDWGWTT'.
The 2nd plate continues to take no prisoners, piling forth with the subs-powered thrum and buzz of 'PCTSTSS' and the tunnelling persistence of 'WHYLGHT', whilst 'LLDDTMPS' holds fast across the last side with hypnotic reverse/forward motion on a downward spiral to Hadean depths. Recommended.