The first joint release from Vancouver, BC peripheral house/techno experimenters Bobby Draino and Xophie Xweetland is built for the (beat-up) boom box and the end of summer. Respective sides are bound by a decayed exuberance and a shared enthusiasm for
Draino’s side is filled out with frenetic, blown out and semi-deconstructed house. Tropical synth stabs, buried 2pac samples, shuffling, maximalist percussion, ultra-scorched textures and a stoked-on-life melodic and rhythmic energy that Omar S might enjoy, these four tracks are barely-contained and big on a smoked out type of opulence.
Xweetland’s granular, ambient techno is a more iced-out, pensive zone, with nod to drone spaces and the lo-fi psych of many West Coast contemporaries, Xweetland’s minimalist beats are filled out with a hazy, phosphorous type of textural noise.
Chrome Split’s gritty vitality converges on collaborative lead track “Thom’s Dream”, a lens-flared and melodic piece of hybrid house that highlights both Draino and Xweetland’s proclivity for treading the borderlands of house and techno.
c39 run of 100.
released 19 August 2013
Mastered by Tom Whalen in Vancouver