Techno outsider Julixo makes his debut on France's Knotweed entourage with three sublime dancefloor nuggets, each of them warm and under-compressed. "Rebho" is a stripped back number with sparse, airy melodies and frenetic percussive swings, while "Reflections" takes a more soulful edge to its chords and beats, and "Life Of Crime" dominates the floor thanks to its repetitive blasts of hi-hats, snares and furious shots of bass. Effective, malleable and utterly pumping.
Julixo finally follows up his 2015 debut on Knotweed with this no-nonsense EP. The ominously titled "Red Valhalla" sounds exactly like its title, with dense, compressed kicks and razor wire percussion conjuring up a hard techno lover's vision of heaven. In a similar vein is the straight to the point "Fucked Up Drummer", where pounding drums support grinding riffs and wave upon wave of churning percussion. "Soulwave" is a slower and looser, but still an equally effective tough club workout. In contrast to all of these tracks is "Rose Tape"; based on a stepping, slinky electro arrangement, it still contains more grimy matter than the floor of an abandoned warehouse after a 24-hour party.