Boomkat Product Review:
‘Thirst’ is the exquisite début of diamond-cut dance music from Xzavier Stone for Fractal Fantasy
Two years in the works, Thirst follows Xzavier’s appearance on Visceral Minds 2 and a crackshot remix of Martyn Bootyspoon with a blinding portrait of the US producer’s intricately detailed style, where he leaves no nanosecond wanting for colour, heat and dynamic movement.
Xzavier’s vocals feature prominently, refracted and warped like an autotuned light beam thru its myriad dimensions, accentuating the album’s highlights and cushioning its downstrokes while also acting as another rhythmic element within its tightly packed atoms.
It’s a sterling summation of where US club music is at right now, a breathless mixture of R&B, dancehall, reggaeton and bass-heavy regional styles, all lacquered with the shiniest production imaginable. For DJs and dancers, you could do a lot worse than checking for its strongest moments in the likes of Stone’s lush yet highly-strung oddity XYLT, with its ear-worming R&B vocal riding rock hard drums, or equally in the intoxicating deep blue tone and mercilessly tight percussive prangs of Oud.