Smoke Signal / Strategy


Record label
Off Road
Catalog Number
OFF 003
Release Date
November 3rd 2008


A1Smoke Signal

After an aural assault from DZ on OFF001, and Twisteds low-slung grimey offering on OFF002, Torontos Christian Andersen aka XI has delivered something special for number three. First up is Smoke Signal, and right from the off you know its a no-nonsense affair with militant marching drums and livid swells of buzzing static. This tunes all about the drop though, and what a drop it is! The unadulterated bassbin mayhem is unleashed with little more than a muttered warning, with pounding 808 subs worrying your speakers while the paranoiac FX set your nerves jangling. On the flip, Strategy takes a cue from rising dubstep star Martyn, mixing tight post-UKG beats with thick textured pads and deep, bluesy sax licks. As the tune progresses, XI drops in a non-stop bouncer of a bassline, resonant squarewaves bulging out beneath the urgent offbeat stabs and layered atmospherics.Supporting DJs include: Joe Nice (Dubwar USA), RSD (Tectonic), Komonazmuk (H.E.N.C.H.), Ramadanman (Hessle Audio), Headhunter (Tempa), Rossi B (A.R. M.Y./BBC 1Xtra), Markle (2nd Drop), Tayo (Cool & Deadly) and many more.