A 5 track leftfield/idm ep (21m 49s) — released July 28th 2017 on Astral Black

Xao, a yellow puffer amongst the heaving dance-floor otherwise dressed in black. Comparably, his music stands out like a glimmering, toothless-goon amongst the dull dregs of temporary VST landscapes.

Having headed up the crew's monthly Radar Radio show since March 2016, Astral Black's Xao makes his production debut on the label in the shape of 'Alloys' - 5 cuts frantically flitting between ethereal trap, wig-splitting futurism & back-breaking footwork. Opening track 'Devylz', which has already received airplay on Rinse FM & NTS sees Xao flip a 36 mafia vocal into a haunting, bass-fuelled ode to Southern rap music. On 'Karrakis', Xao manipulates a Bollywood sample into a frantic footwork rhythm which has found a home in DJ sets form Sim Hutchins & Soda Plains.Throughout 'Alloys' Xao dips in and out of tempos, instrumentation and genres with a confident sense of versatility, seamlessly blending thought provoking beats such as 'Fibre'.

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