Storming in at number 82 we welcome Tokyo-based beat-sorcerer, XLII (pronounced Slee).
XLII is a respected individual on the Japanese electronic underground, constantly pushing the latest sounds, throwing parties and releasing genre-defying records via his ‘Raid Systems‘ label/collective that he runs with Broken Haze. He’s also no stranger to English soil having already garnered support and guested on Rinse, 1xtra and NTS radio and contributes a fantastic podcast series to London based, Rhythm Incursions. For anyone unfamiliar with the futuristic and inspired sounds of XLII, your best starting point is his recent ‘Neon High’ EP on Civil Music.
As XLII explained to us his ‘Neon Patchwork Mixtape‘ isn’t your average club/DJ mix. The intention was to create a blurred collage of nostalgic, hyperactive and ethereal beats that pull in different directions but simultaneously fit together in bizzarre harmony. A combination of club tracks, headphone songs and beats, all of which in one way or another hark back to the foundation of his own music.
The mixtape contains an arsenal of devastating cuts from across a wide spectrum of bass and electronics, including material from Krampfhaft, Dream Continuum, Onra, Tessela, Flako, Schlachthofbronx, XLII himself and much more.
Stream below, or click on the player for the download.