Rx-101

Rx-101: Serenity

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Product Type: VINYL LP
Artist: Rx-101

Artist: Rx-101
Title: Serenity
Product Type: VINYL LP

RX-101 has quietly been making waves in the IDM/electronic music underground for the past few years, through a series of archival releases ? material recorded in the late-90s, but previously unreleased until Suction Records began compiling and releasing these records in 2016. What?s truly mind-boggling about RX-101?s output is the sheer quantity of stunning, top-drawer material that Dutch producer Erik Jong recorded over the period of just 3 years, 1997-1999. Many have suggested that the whole thing is a publicity stunt ? some insisting that this is all new material masquerading as vintage, while others have proposed that the material may in fact be a secret alias for Aphex Twin to release gems from his own legendary ?90s audio archive. RX-101 has absolutely nailed the sound, and quality, of early-90s AFX/Rephlex, that much is true. ?Serenity,? this latest full-length RX-101 release, is no exception.Just as RX-101?s last album, 2019?s Dopamine, concentrated on one hallmark of Aphex Twin?s sound ? the smooth melodic techno of his Selected Ambient Works 1985-1992 LP ? so too does Serenity reference another classic early-Aphex era, but this time it?s a completely different beast. Don't let the title fool you - Suction Records' latest dive into RX-101's 1997-1999 tape archives is not all lush, serene melodies. On Serenity, scorched, crunchy jackhammer beats combine with emotional, plaintive pads, delivering a classic set of vintage-Rephlex-style bliss, à la AFX, Caustic Window, and Cylob. It was Cylob who coined the term Industrial Folk Songs for his classic 1995 LP, and that release is clearly a blueprint for RX-101?s latest collection.Standout cut Hearts Utd., featuring a stunning music video by Aidan Fantinatto and I Dream Of Wires? director Robert Fantinatto, not only nails the magic of AFX?s trademark, irresistible jackhammer-beats-meets-plaintive-melody device, it arguably rivals the master at his own sound. As a whole, what could be a harsh and monotonous collection is lifted by RX-101?s subtle diversity and skill, particularly in his ability to create eerie, evocative moods, with gorgeous melodies that speak volumes of emotion.

Tracks:
1.1 A1. Serenity
1.2 A2. FM Bells
1.3 A3. Many Expectations
1.4 B1. 7-B01
1.5 B2. Self Destructing Asteroid
1.6 B3. Isidis Panetia
2.1 C1. Hearts Utd
2.2 C2. Rx-Generator
2.3 C3. Zesnulzesbeezes
2.4 D1. Sunset 101
2.5 D2. Angry Tin Can
2.6 D3. Sys. Rx. 7. A009
2.7 D4. Goodbye A6

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