LSDXOXO is a uncommon artist within the present digital music panorama, having constructed a fervid following while making music totally on his personal phrases. Although he’s been placing productions out below the title since 2014, this yr’s ‘Body Mods’ launched an pressing model of mutant Baltimore membership music which, though impressed by the style, comes off as something however pastiche.
Across its seven chopped and skewed sample-heavy tracks – which vary from 130bpm to 160bpm and span sounds taken from Baltimore membership music, in addition to ghettotech, hardcore, footwork and extra of their frenzied 30-minute assault – ‘Body Mods’ introduces the strongest launch from a producer whose artist bio describes him as “deliciously confrontational".
“I wouldn’t say that I’m consciously confrontational with my music,” the New York-based DJ/producer counters while chatting with DJ Mag over the cellphone throughout a run of European reveals earlier this Autumn. “It simply occurs that method. The indisputable fact that I’m a homosexual black man in a discipline sometimes inhabited by straight white males is confrontational sufficient at most occasions. I can’t assist however spill a little bit of my narrative into my productions — that narrative simply occurs to be a really intercourse constructive, and socially radical one.”
The heavy breakbeats of 'Death Rattle' – a devastating edit of Mr. Vegas’ ‘90s smash 'Heads High' – has been destroying dancefloors throughout Europe by the summer season. And LSDXOXO’s wild manipulation of mainstream sounds often borrows samples from in style tradition, together with all the pieces from Black-Eyed Peas to Depeche Mode, and Tekken to Kanye West.
“Pop tradition is definitely considered one of my important musical and artistic influences,” he enthuses. “I get pleasure from taking a preferred narrative, whether or not that could be a extremely recognisable artist or track, and even samples from a TV present or interview, and flipping them on their head. I assume it’s a method for me to be socially and generally politically conscious with my sound, with out being so overly-conscious or heavy handed on the matter.”
But, did he ever suppose his music would cross over to larger levels?
“I didn’t doubt that I've crossover means, however it’s nonetheless fairly intriguing to see these tracks performed out in massive arenas,” he explains. “I’m simply completely happy that folks aren’t postpone by the freehanded nature of my manufacturing type, and are as an alternative embracing it.”
Following the discharge of ‘Body Mods’ in January, LSDXOXO has had a busy touring schedule that’s seen him on the buttons at golf equipment throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe, in addition to spin an Ashish runway present at London Fashion Week in February. “I do really feel a bit extra seen currently,” he enthuses about his yr. “I’ve obtained recognition from artists that personally encourage me, and it’s past cool.”
Born in Philadelphia and relocating to New York as a late teen, he says the 2 cities have had an enormous affect on the music he makes. “I’d purchase mixtapes of Baltimore membership edits on my method house from grade faculty, so my publicity to the style got here fairly early in life,” he explains. “Living in New York has taught me that figuring out with only one style as an artist isn’t crucial. There’s a lot artistic inspiration within the air, coming from all totally different backgrounds and narratives.
With his 2016 mixtape ‘Fuck Marry Kill’ touchdown on GHE20G0TH1K, LSDXOXO has maintained an in depth affiliation with the New York membership night time and label. “Aligning myself with them got here very organically,” he explains. “Even earlier than understanding in regards to the collective, I thought of my sound very ghetto and really gothic. When Venus X heard my music, she expressed curiosity and requested if I’d be right down to be concerned. What actually satisfied me was the truth that she appeared to genuinely consider in me as an artist. That got here at a time the place I used to be a bit not sure of myself. I discovered nice peace in being amongst different creatives that didn’t hassle to tie themselves to sure genres, or any style in any respect.”
Next yr will see the discharge of an album that can units apart his sample-focused work and have purely unique music – he says additionally plans to launch a brand new dwell present to take LSDXOXO to the stage. “I’m excited to be a bit extra seen with regards to presenting my sound,” he concludes. “Ultimately, I simply need for my music to do for folks, what good music does for me — permit for a second of escapism and supply a sure feeling whether or not that could be deep and darkish, or gentle and completely happy.”
For his Recognise combine, LSDXOXO has delivered a extra linear sound than a lot that has come earlier than from him, showcasing one other aspect to his dexterity as a DJ/producer. All lower with references from popular culture, the ferociously propulsive combine ranges from rhythmic, percussive techno constructed on rolling kicks, by thunderous peak-time techno into jacking machine music constructed for basements that’s all interjected with the urgency of Baltimore membership music.
Listen to LSDXOXO’s Recognise combine under.