Boomkat Product Review:
Leaving Records swerve the new age ambience for a hot second for Xyla's debut, a brittle IDM hodgepodge of ideas that touches on nu club, jazzy footwork, beat scene experimentation, kosmische synth and wonky acid.
"Ways" is San Francisco classically-trained producer Xyla's first record, and nothing suggests that more from the rapid-fire experimentation that has them trying a new genre out for size with almost every track. Opener 'Shoot' is a mix of plastic trance and bruised grime, but 'Feel' is more like if Orbital were doing a 12" for Timedance. 'Now' switches it up again, and sounds closer stylistically to Emeralds or early OPN, while 'Narcissus' bobs from smokey jazz to twitchy footwork.
With most experiments, not everything's successful, but there's something enjoyable about hearing a fresh producer run through ideas with such fluidity. Xyla is clearly an accomplished player who's developed a distinctive technique, and when they hit gold, like on the wavey Ashanti-sampling acid centerpiece 'Cold', featuring Oso Feo, it's a joy.