On Might 17th, 2015, a rising Polish producer going by the identify Xilent shook the EDM world with the discharge of his debut album We Are Digital. 4 years later (virtually precisely to the date), that very same producer is about to shake it as soon as once more.
Earlier this 12 months, Xilent made a daring bounce from SKisM’s By no means Say Die Information –which had been his house for the previous couple of years– to Monstercat. Whereas the transfer was sudden, it wasn’t utterly surprising (I imply, we bought this a pair years earlier than). Nonetheless, I don’t suppose anyone anticipated one other full-length album to observe go well with.
Higher but, We Are Mud isn’t simply any outdated album; it’s one of many biggest bass music LPs I’ve had the pleasure of listening to in a very long time, if not the best.
Don’t get me fallacious, I nonetheless suppose We Are Digital was an excellent, all-encompassing EDM album that was actually forward of its time… However its successor is an enormous step ahead in quite a few features.
We Are Mud is an album that excels in a number of spheres: originality, seamlessness, idea and prevalence. All through its operating size, We Are Mud offers a fantastically gapless expertise for listeners that stays true to Xilent’s core sound whereas concurrently experimenting with trendier genres (notably riddim and midtempo). Between all of this, Xilent pushes a compelling narrative that explores the struggles of being flesh & bone in a world that’s continuously changing into increasingly more “digital.”
I don’t keep in mind the final time I bought to take heed to a gapless bass music LP, but Xilent managed to perform that, and a lot extra, on this album. His manufacturing can be arguably at a profession excessive on this undertaking, in order that’s one other large motive to provide this factor a hear.
The one space We Are Mud tends to fall flat compared to Xilent’s debut is its style variety. The album could be very clearly centered on dubstep, whereas We Are Digital didn’t actually have a defining style all through. Evidently, this extra tight focus didn’t forestall We Are Mud from being influenced by electro home, storage, trance and past.
We Are Mud is an ideal instance of what “going above and past” ought to seem like in bass music. Xilent clearly wasn’t required to make an album that strives for greatness on so many ranges, but he did it, if just for the love of his craft. I sincerely hope that this album will not be solely loved for what it’s, however that it’s a reminder for music producers in every single place to shoot larger than the place the bar has been set.
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Xilent has additionally arrange an ARG (alternate actuality recreation) to accompany the album’s launch. Test it out right here and tell us if you happen to can determine it out (as a result of we undoubtedly can’t).