XXXY
Got Me So


3.5
great

Review

by Askar S Imam USER (11 Reviews)
March 5th, 2013 | 19 replies | 1,599 views


Release Date: 02/04/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Can you dance? Can you laugh? xxxy needs you!

While House music has been watered down by the likes of Wolfgang Gartner, Joel Zimmerman and the now-departing trio SHM, underground the observing and expanding nature of the genre itself swells from below and protrudes itself over the layer that has been holding it in check for decades now. It comes, therefore, as no surprise that over the course of the bubbling pot that the struggling, rising up artists have been mashed together in, that genre-swapping and melding has become a common feature. You get the spicy and weird, the tangy and bizarre, the sweet and progressive, and sometimes you end up a simple mix that is just right to be served at any meal. Our friend Rupert Taylor, or xxxy, falls in between the third and fourth kind. Hailing from Manchester, and well-exposed to the steady English stream of the house (and its subservient) genre, Taylor understands the high and lows of the music. He knows that if one dwells too far left, then they can find themselves alienated from the club scene (see: DJ Shadow at the Mansion). On the other, if it’s too easy and plain, you get stapled to the wings of the now-falling Sonny Moore. With Got Me So, Taylor blends in the right amount steady, rhythmic bounce, with the regular dash of extremity to keep all the kids satisfied.

With only 3 tracks, the magnitude seems just about right for the EP. The titular track takes things right into gear. The horns and bouncing percussion drive the beat forward, with the rhythmic waves keeping you on the floor, grooving and moving to the constant progression. However, it is the vocals that hold the track together. Manipulating the same sample into multiple variations, Taylor keeps a constant flow of energy present throughout the track. Even when the percussions sit down, the wave of synth and electronic anti-cacophony, highlighted by the voices steer the track correct. The banging of the drums lifts you up and you continue to dance away. Not too much experimentation, but enough of a kick to keep you high and moving.

The other two tracks work off of the same variety that is incorporated into the first track. Get Ready, uses the same trick of vocal repetition to keep the track flowing. The percussion > smooth > percussion > smooth technique is applied effectively enough. For Studio 9, Taylor switches it up a bit; the voices float in and out, but a structure and times syncopation causes the track to move from mere beat rhythmic dance to an elevated phase. The track doesn’t have too much in the way of structural changes (see: Burial) but infuses drum and bass into a melded blend to differentiate itself from ‘Generic House Track 21B’ (note: not a real song). Heavy bass keep sweep in an out, not overtly laying on the surface, but steadily keeping it afloat, simultaneously brushing past the ear to keep your feet moving.

Dance is the course of the day and of course Taylor doesn’t disappoint. Got Me So has all the ingredients needed to become a successful club groove: the steady beat, the vocal sensation and the bouncy joy erupting on the dance floor. It also isn’t so simple that it might fade away into the night. The title song is the highest point and in comparison the other two fail to deliver the same buzz. But by no means are they weak tracks; they will easily put your grandma on the floor, shuckin’ n jivin’. xxxy delivers on another fun release, that doesn’t make you question all that you’ve ever known, but it might give you calluses the next day.



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FiveLeavesLeft
Staff Reviewer
March 5th 2013



9650 Comments


Good review, I'd pos if I could. Seems pretty interesting; I've been really into electronica lately, so I might check it out

YankeeDudel
March 5th 2013



9305 Comments


creative name

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demigod!
March 5th 2013



43835 Comments


sexxxy

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 5th 2013



19437 Comments


maybe i'm missing something but shouldn't it just be While House music not While is House music?

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Strider
March 5th 2013



4598 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Loving this maybe even more than "Everything"

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
March 5th 2013



9033 Comments


No Atari you're absolutely right

Cygnatti
March 5th 2013



21349 Comments


foxxxy

dafuq is white house music?

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Casablanca
March 5th 2013



262 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yea, my bad. That's what i get for trusting ms word. What's with the album art? Cant seem to work

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 5th 2013



19437 Comments


no worries just thought i'd point it out. now that we have that out of the way..great review!

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
March 5th 2013



2809 Comments


You do exist! ;)

FiveLeavesLeft
Staff Reviewer
March 5th 2013



9650 Comments


A few things:

but it might give your calluses the next day


Should be "you" instead of "your", and with a period at the end

now departing trio SHM


now-departing*

There are also a few comma-placement problems. Either way, all of this is nitpicking. Great work
otherwise



Adash
March 5th 2013



1356 Comments


Being pedantic here, calluses are the least of your worries after a good night out. Just sayin':

1) Crusty lips
2) Sore Jaw
3) Stupid head
4) Silly smile



Casablanca
March 5th 2013



262 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

oh yea, but i'm trying to cater to the average age group of sputnik.

the comma thing is more of a subjective thing; or at least that's what i've learned

FiveLeavesLeft
Staff Reviewer
March 6th 2013



9650 Comments


Alright, that makes sense, I guess. Btw, great Hank avatar; it's delightfully creepy :P

Casablanca
March 6th 2013



262 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks, i always think of juicy j when i look at it

kingsoby1
Emeritus
March 8th 2013



4939 Comments


good work scientist

Liberi Fatali
Emeritus
July 4th 2013



1588 Comments


While House music has been watered down by the likes of Wolfgang Gartner, Joel Zimmerman and the
now-departing trio SHM, underground the observing and expanding nature of the genre itself swells from
below and protrudes itself over the layer that has been holding it in check for decades now.

Who the f made this guy a contributor?

VlacDrac
July 5th 2013



835 Comments


What's the deal with all the similar monikers:
-XXYYXX
-ZXYZXY
-XXXY



PunchforPunch
November 27th 2013



5891 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hmmmm hot

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