DEADCERT017 - ZHXH (incl. Rommek & XHEI Remixes)

by Callum Plant

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Manchester (UK) based Techno producer Callum Plant first appeared on DEAD CERT. Records in 2014 when he collaborated with Carlo Ribeiro on a track titled "Demand." It was a big hit picking up support from Luigi Madonna who played it in his mix for Hans Bouffmyhre’s podcast series linked to his label Sleaze Records. Other people who supported the track included Richie Hawtin, Sam Paganini, Pig&Dan, Joseph Capriati, Chris Liebing and Truncate to name just a few.

A rising star, Callum has also had music released on labels including Owen Sands and Justin Kase's Ill Bomb Records plus Lex Gorrie's label Unknown Territory. Now he presents his first solo EP on DEAD CERT. Records.

The release features two original tracks and two separate remixes from Rommek and XHEI.

Based in London (UK) Rommek is a resident at influential London club night Dazed & Confused, also hosting his Erosion show on Seance Radio. He is an accomplished producer who has previously released on Emmanuel's label ARTS, Sonntag Morgen and Weekend Circuit.

Argentinian XHEI makes his return to DEAD CERT. Records after the release of his Memorial EP in 2014. Having since released on labels including CLR, Dynamic Reflection, Illegal Alien and Rebekah’s label Decoy, he is a hyped producer and deservedly so.

The first original track titled "Zhode" begins this fiery package, straight into a raw beat with crunching hats and drums heavy enough to break concrete. Its moody atmosphere is brought to life by sweeping industrial sounds that scrape through the mix like a metal bar being dragged over a stone floor. Powerful and energetic it’s fierce and aggressive with dark undertones that are perfect for the dancefloor.

Remixing Zhode is Rommek who lifts the BPM to add forward momentum and increase the energy. Keeping the originals dark and industrial sounds he strips back some of the drums to create space and increase the dark atmosphere already present in the original. Tough and hypnotic his remix has all the originals charm, but added menace and intensity.

Track three titled "Xhang" is the second of Callum’s original tracks. With a shuffling groove and reduced tempo, the track is less energetic than his first on the EP but just as intense. Thick with grit this dirty beast of a roller is heavily focused on broken rhythms and a pounding kick. Like an approaching storm, eerie winds breeze passed your ears and transport your brain to the bleak industrial landscapes of another world, whilst monstrous sounds create nervous excitement of the unknown.

The last track is XHEI’s remix of Xhang and he steps up the energy by throwing away the originals broken rhythm, which he replaces with a pulsating bass line to create a straight down the line rolling groove. Taking no prisoners it has all of the originals industrial appeal but a high octane increased tempo, which makes it perfectly suited to peak time DJ sets.


released July 20, 2015



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