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Review: Ras Xix satisfies the needs of techo fans

By Wesley Butler     Apr 19, 2014 in Music
Los Angeles - Ras Xix is a compellingly passionate Singapore progressive rock/pop artist who has just relocated to Austin, Texas, solely to promote this album and reach more people with his music.
With emotive vocals, offbeat dynamics and a hypnotic pop sensibility, Ras XiX genre-hops with ease from art rock to prog to funk to acoustic and back again. He is releasing his self-titled full length CD, due May 1, 2014.
The DJ was certainly doing his/her job when producing these tracks. Two that stand out for me are “Nora” and “Miss Simon.” It might just be the “scratching” sounds that make these songs what they are, but either way, they were really beautiful.
“Nora 5” is a lush acoustic track that gives Xix’s impressive vocal range ample display, and “Simulacrum” is a dusky slow burn that actually does a better job of evoking the lovable sides of Red Hot Chili Peppers, than the louder, more rock-driven songs on this album ever do.
“Weightless With You” is lost and transferred into this embryonic ballad. Perhaps something that could have been stashed for a later release or until the album progress a little more.
This self-titled album is being released May 1, 2014. If you’re looking for an album that will make you feel nostalgic for the 1990s, then consider purchasing Ras Xix.
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