Combining some previously released gems with several new tracks, Laxcity finally unveiled his latest album, kinternal rivals.
A lot has changed since the Zambian born and UK based artist released her debut album,Catharsisback in 2018. The eight-track project features features from Nakala, Sherry W, Lani Rose, Ezra James, and emawk, and sees the pioneering producer combine his soft, brooding electronica with a variety of orchestral influences for a sonic result that is as critically acclaimed as it is well received by fans.
Since the release of CatharsisLaxcity released two EPs with 2019’s chastity and 2021 disconnectinghad a viral moment with one of his Splice samples used on a Justin Bieber album, collaborated with Riot Games, remixed the likes of San Holo, Manila Killa, Slow Magic, and Alina Baraz, and played his debut headline show in London, followed by a tour in Canada.
onkinder opposite, Laxcity flipped the script by drawing influence from the bass music scene in Bristol, where he used to live, as well as its various interpretations around the world. Combining gritty bass and hard-hitting drums while continuing to flex his unparalleled sound design skills, Laxcity has once again cemented himself as a force to be reckoned with.
“Unfold” kicks off the project in a unique way with its granular synths and effects before the released singles “skyscraper,” “amend” and “cath” dazzle with their intoxicating energy. , while “pepper” sees Laxcity exploring the realm of colored bass in a surprising way that feels unique to him.
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“After going to some shows in Bristol, where I used to live, and experiencing the culture I went to a particular place that became a crazy place with breakbeat and other songs that started – I wanted to create something in the same vein of the energy I felt in that space, even though it was very dirty with sticky floors and some wild people’s clothes haha,” Laxcity revealed to a press statement shared by EDM.com. “I was really inspired by the songs I heard. Ultimately I wanted to create a project that could be played and enjoyed in a club setting but still retain the melodic, emotional sound of Laxcity.
“I was always one of the Skrillex kids from school haha, really big into Dubstep back then and recently going to a lot of VR places and shows, there’s a niche genre called Dariacore, it’s pretty music that can give you tinnitus lol but it’s really fun and high energy in a set or full album context – high BPM, intense supersaws, 2000’s era pop influenced stuff – it really inspires me and want to put together a project with that energy. I’ve always loved sound design in bass music, back to people like KOAN Sound and now people like Moore Kismet, I love that everyone can put their own unique spin on it. This whole project I feel is my latest so far, each song is its own thing and the production seems new and futuristic even on songs that have been done before, which is something I’m proud of.