Smoke Signal / Strategy

XI

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

Tracks

postitleartistsduration
A1Smoke Signal
B1Strategy

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.