Explicit expert, the highly exalted,
I exercise dancefloors and leave them exhausted,
Exploring apex sound,
Expedition filled with excess demons,
I can bring the exorcism.
I exert stress when I export beats,
That exhilarate the hard and exterminate the weak,
Execution-level mix, no way to explain it,
I’m X X X, b*tch, triple X rated!
Thus begins the title track of Excision’s new album, X Rated. If you’ve been to one of his shows, you know the significance of the X. The Canadian dubstep god is out with his first full-length album, and it’s not on his own Rottun Recordings; the heavyweight brostepper is getting a release on no other than the prestigious mau5trap. Has Excision truly reached the level of cutting-edge sound that the label champions? Get a load of X Rated and you’ll have no choice but to agree.
After the very X Rated chorus in the beginning of the title track, it drops into what we know best from Excision: Mind-frying bass. The leader of the Rottun pack shows that nobody is closing in on him in terms of dark, intense, and very filthy wobbles. It’s definitely one of the crazier things I’ve heard from Excision, and that’s saying something. If we move on, we see that Excision is also truly an artist-musician, continually developing his sound into uncharted territories. Swerve combines the wobble mastery with a danceable, 4/4 beat unusual of this producer. Nevertheless, it goes to show how easily the man crosses genre borders despite having such a signature sound.
Finally, there’s Excision and Datsik’s collab for the album, 8-Bit Superhero. Taking a nod to the mau5’s affinity for video game references, the song is built from the original NES Mega Man song and sounds. It sounds corny on paper, but it takes a real musician to make this work, and by god it works. The drop is an overwhelming fusion of melody and dirtiness in dubstep often sought but rarely achieved. If you loved what you heard here, make sure you support the man by getting his full album–there’s a lot more goodies in store.