Review: U.S. imprint based out of Dallas, Audiophile XXL, has been unstoppable over the last year with a continuous onslaught of up and coming North American producers and their take on tech house, electro house and west coast bass sounds. This compilation showcases the labels current array of talent with eighteen tracks certainly guaranteed to destroy a dancefloor near you. Highlights include Los Angeleno Dillon Nathaniel's "Transcend" a bass heavy cut for late night parties on Hollywood Boulevard and sure to get some gun fingers in the air. Oregon's Aaron Jackson appears with "Get Some Jungle In Ya Jungle" which has some totally absurd vocoder and beat repeat action and rising British producer James Mannion: whose grime infused jam "BS7" is proper UK street sound.
Review: XXL is a spin off-label from EDM operation Audiophile Live and has audibly been set up to tap into minimal house. The sound that emerges on Doble XX is far more mainstream than anything one might expect to find on say Perlon, but that doesn't stop some of its contributors from offering fresh interpretations on this well-worn sound. For example, Freefall & M3RC's "The Underground" sees snares crash and pitch-bent vocals flung into the equation, while Callie Reiff & C & T's "Like Dis" is an ever-morphing swathe of bass frequencies. Best of all though are the deeper moments, with the hypnotic filters and rolling groove of ADMN Feat Kid Enigma's "Hold It Down" impressing most.