From the genius who brought you the MIDINES and 2 seminal releases on 8bitpeoples, comes a new album, released on mp3death, a label which has also released works by chiptune artists Gijs Gieskes, Overthruster, Firebrand boy, The Commodore 64 Orchestra and others in the past.
Those familiar with x|k’s (pronounced “kix”) music would know that it is perhaps one of the most astonishing things one might ever hear. Frantic, pulsating 150 bpm hard techno/trance coming out of a reverse-engineered video game console from the 1980s.
For this release, “Baud Of Passion”, x|k slows it down a little, and the album is less intense when compared to his hard techno output on 8bitpeoples. But this new release loses none of the dancefloor sensibilities. “warm wishes” follows the general aesthetic of minimal techno, with short blips and a restrained bassline, “hwy chipmusik” has a nice driving detroit style bass, while “aktivity” was made to be put into a set at full-tilt, with its rave stylings.
The release really drives home the point that good music can be made on anything, and should be. x|k’s mastery of the raw waveforms of the NES and his skills in engineering his own music production system have set him out for cult status. If you ever get to experience his legendary live sets you are bound to leave the floor completely stunned.
*The album is available in 2 formats, as a continous DJ-mix and as separate individual tracks.