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Boomkat Product Review:
Cybergoth-tinted R&B, dancehall and dembow mutations from Xolot, the Mexican/French duo of Vica Pacheco and Apulati Bien, repping for the Brussels underground via a key Parisian label
In cool pursuit of Ragazza XXI’s dembow twysts and the weighty ‘Promesses Vol.1’ which they both starred on solo, Xolot’s debut shapes up as a song-based fantasy concoction lands darker shades away from efforts by Brussels’ natives Clara! & Maoupa, tending more towards a sort of heads-down in the dancehall effect, sweetly balancing melodic vox and heat-smudged grooves in six variations on a theme.
Seems like every other review we’re referencing Tricky these days but yet again it’s hard to deny here as that brooding Bristolian feel snakes thru ‘Xolot,’ from its unsettlingly slimy textures and detuned synths to the munted pacing and play of dark/sweet, druggily psychedelic feels. ‘Mi Gente’ quickly drags us into their fritve vibe with a sort of militant trip hop trudge, and ‘Amor al factus’ comes off like Zola Jesus’ reggaeton project, with that Apulati Bien’s slippery psychedelic production coming into its own on the greased up cyber dembow chassis of ‘Caliente continente.’