UK house producer XXXY has signed to Rinse for his latest release, entitled Got Me So, to be released on February 4th.
Since 2009 XXXY, aka Rupert Taylor, has released a string of 12?s through labels like Infrasonics, Well Rounded and Ten Thousand Yen that have showed off his idiosyncratic takes on UK garage and bass-driven house. His debut for Rinse picks up where they left off, with three tracks of shimmering, synth-led house music, marked out by Taylor's distinctive spiralling melodies and sampled voices.
'Got Me So' starts slowly, opening in a quiet cascade of Casio tones and a looped vocal, before abruptly exploding with the most muscular bassline Taylor's crafted to date. Towards its end it abruptly shifts up a notch in intensity, building to a gorgeous, string-led crescendo.
'Get Ready' has a sweetness and positivity that harks more explicitly back to speed garage, hinged around swung drums, wordless voices and hefty four-to-the-floor kicks.
The bundle is rounded off by 'Studio 9 (Just Like That)', it's most directly house-leaning track. It's house supercharged, though, lent momentum by snares and whiplash synths that rip through the mix.
2013 LIVE DATES
Appearing on the Rinse Winter Tour 2013
Southampton - Junk Club - Thursday 17th Jan
Leeds - Mint Warehouse - Saturday 9th Feb