Swedish disruptors SHXCXCHCXSH return to Avian with a new EP, ‘Kongestion’.

SHXCXCHCXSH announced a new seven-track EP titled ‘Kongestion’ to be released in Vinyl 12″ & Digital formats on March 11th, 2022 via Avian.

The EP sound-design is focused on experimentalism that braces characteristically high energy recordings. All new tracks have the perfect balance between light and dark as well as the realms of drone, noise and techno. Definitely this is a record you need to listen to. Stay tuned, full details below.

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Following on from 2018’s SHULULULU EP, the duo are back channeling their sound-design focused experimentalism into a brace of characteristically high energy recordings. Melding contemporary explorations in rhythm and texture with more traditional club tropes, Kongestion places recognizable leitmotif’s from the dance music continuum in the context of the pair’s inimitable production prowes.

SHXCXCHCXSH has become synonymous with haunting and abstract experimental techno. With the intricate balance between light and dark as well as the realms of drone, noise and techno their productions must be described as versatile and broad.

Track descriptions.

A1 Kong and follow up Onge offer two takes on a similar template that marry a stepping kick drum pattern with dense, ever-shifting granules of processed white noise. The mentasm sample, that will become a recognizable device across the EP’s course, provides it’s own twisted energy – front and center on the former, and sunk – but no less effective, on the latter.

With Nges SHXCXCHCXSH drew on their beatless material for inspiration, inviting a more musical sensibility into the work. What begins life as a staccato, monotonal recording develops slowly and organically into an emotive patchwork piece – drawing on the mentasm, but this time twisting it further and introducing a bassline and shuffling hats. Relentless rhythm track Gest follows – a dense, thorny construction that segues neatly into Esti, another more caustic composition that places it’s focus on intricate, delay-driven sound design with ghostly lead tones that operate just below the surface. As the record approaches it’s close, the duo showcase their range with Stio – a pulsing, meditative ambient cut.

Final track Tion wraps up the EP neatly, acting as a fulcrum for the themes explored so far. Bending the mentasms into a hook, the artists create a wall of undulating sound, broken by sporadic kick drum hits and propelled forward with percussive strikes that run through the track before dissolving into soft reverb tails.

Title. Kongestion
Release date. March 11th, 2022
Label. AVIAN
Format. Vinyl 12″  / Digital
Cat#. AVN044


1. Kong
2. Onge
3. Nges
4. Gest
5. Esti
6. Stio
7. Tion 

Written and Produced by SHXCXCHCXSH.
Mastered by Rashad Becker @ Clunk, Berlin.
Artwork & Design by Atact.uk
© AVIAN 2022

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