With releases on mau5trap, EMI and RAM this past year, Poland’s Xilent has proven himself to be among the most technical and diverse producers emerging onto the scene today. He makes his return to Audioporn with his newest EP, Touch Sound, an offering that only further drives the point that this guy is the total package.
While some of Xilent’s previous releases have been relentless, frenzy-inducing bass music, the evolving producer shows a bit more constraint in this release, leaning closer to the trance-influenced dubstep that’s been proven by acts like Gemini and Seven Lions. The title track weaves that kushy, melodic feeling into Xilent’s killer basslines. Euphoric and raging seems to be the new trend with bass music, and Touch Sound hits the nail on the head.
My favorite track on the release is Let Us Be, where Xilent changes his usual tempo and beat structure by going four-to-the-floor electro. It rages as hard as a Knife Party track but brings in a lot more trancey elements, rounding the tune out to something equally playable but not as unidirectional. Mass Creation features Xilent returning to his roots in a sense, bringing on Dirtyphonics collaborator Youthstar to spit some rhymes across the basshead’s hyper-futuristic sound palette that runs the gamut from dubstep to glitch hop and finally ends up in drum & bass territory. While the other tracks on this release have more of a big room focus, this one is all about slaying the underground. The Touch Sound EP is out 10/22