xxxy, “18 Hours”

Louis Pattison

By Louis Pattison

International Editor
on 11.26.14 in Listen to This

The music of xxxy — real name Rupert Taylor, a British producer currently resident in Berlin — is a slippery thing that betrays any clear line of influence. There’s some house in “18 Hours”, certainly, and in its woozy, luminescent synths we can hear something of the current wave of analog revivalists. A shrill mid-track breakdown threatens to build to a peak of terror, rather than euphoria, before the pumping 4/4 swings back in. Still, perhaps Taylor’s quicksilver nature is his greatest asset; unbound by genre, “18 Hours” could make a dent in any dance floor.