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Xzaltacia – Circovirus (Blendwerk)

The hugely up and coming Blendwerk imprint returns this week for their eighth overall release. The label run by E-Spectro and Hells Kitchen has been one of the leading lights in the vast melodic electronica scene. They’ve been great at showcasing both established and up and coming talent over their first seven releases and their eighth features another exciting artist debut. Xzaltacia first came to my attention with his appearance on Denis A’s DAR Digital in 2012. The Russian producer has since gone on to appear on Balkan Connection, CHANGE AUDIO and Stereo Paradise. Xzaltacia’s debut on Blendwerk comes in the form of his ‘Circovirus’ EP which includes a remix from Cardiowave.

The EP contains three original productions which span the melodic techno and contemporary electronica styles quite nicely. The title track leads things off with a very strong dance floor presence. It’s one of the more complex and warped sounding pieces of techno I’ve heard in a while but it totally works and fans of the genre should see it as a standout production no doubt. Clever beat patterns combined with driving rhythms and downright spooky electronics all come together for one of the most unique pieces of music that Blendwerk has ever released. The lone remix of ‘Circovirus’ comes from Cardiowave who are making their debut on Blendwerk. The Russian duo have already made a huge mark on the electronica landscape with appearances on some of the genres defining labels: Manual Music, Cinematique and Inlab Recordings most notably. For their ‘Circovirus’ interpretation Cardiowave have toned things down a touch and focused on the strong harmonic themes in a subtle and more refined manner. The standout element though is the acid bass line, particularly in the second half of the record. The modulation and character is just out of this world and should sound utterly brain melting on a club system. Massive stuff from Cardiowave. The remaining two originals ‘Memorabilia’ and ‘Rendezvous on the Moon’ both add some nice variety to the EP with the latter really standing out. The more experimental ‘Rendezvous on the Moon’ is laced with unique beats, ominous overtones and grating electronics. It’s different enough to make this feel like a proper EP which is quite nice as it’s a really enjoyable listen from start finish because of a piece like this. Solid stuff from Blendwerk once again, looking forward to what this much hyped label does next.

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