RX-101
Serenity


4.0
excellent

Review

by Trifolium USER (19 Reviews)
October 29th, 2020 | 29 replies


Release Date: 02/14/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Time to dust off these old recordings from the attic!

The advance of the internet has undoubtedly been a major influence on music. Especially in the early days of YouTube, previously unknown musicians could become widely famous in no-time. However, the internet has also made it more difficult for musicians to make a living. The countless opportunities for piracy and the advance of streaming services have obliterated sales of physical releases, thus placing an enormous emphasis on touring and merchandise. This way, the internet changed the industry’s whole business model. Yet, even to this day there are success stories to be found. RX-101, the musical alias of Erik Jong from Zwaag, The Netherlands, certainly is one of them.

Between 1997 and 1999, Jong was recording music that was heavily inspired by Rephlex artists such as µ-Ziq and AFX, known for glitchy, high tempo IDM and warm beats. After this period, he set his mind to other things. RX-101 was put on hold, and all of his tapes stayed on the shelves for the better part of two decades, never to be released. If not for the internet, they would have been forgotten, and his music would have been lost to the world.

Yet, during the mid-10s, Jong came across AFX’s Soundcloud dump. He decided to digitalise all of his own recordings and subsequently uploaded them to Soundcloud himself. His recordings picked up steam rapidly, and Canadian label Suction_Records approached him, offering to release all of the RX-101 material. A set of EPs followed, and last year saw his debut, Dopamine, being released after its tracks having collected dust for almost 20 years.

As such, it is no wonder that these tracks sound like nuggets of pure, unadulterated 90s techno: that is precisely what they are. Serenity’s thirteen tracks are occasionally glitchy, sometimes leaning towards old school drum and bass, but always with strong IDM influences. More so than his debut, Serenity features a heavy industrial backbone throughout its runtime. A prime example of this would be RX-Generator, with its jackhammer 4/4 beat, oversaturated crash sample and mysterious synth line. Other 90s influences can be felt as well, with Isidis Planetia sounding like you picked up your old Nintendo 64, and Link is descending deep into Nintendo64 wonderland, fighting off wall masters in the Forest Temple.

The current musical climate is very well-suited for 80s and 90s throwback, with Suction_Records having made a wise move in releasing this record. For all of its old school sounds, there are moments when this album sounds ahead of its time as well. Sys.rx.7.a009, for example, is almost Tycho-ish in nature, with its sepia synth landscapes, sun-drenched and dripping with honey. Yet, all this sweetness is beautifully offset with the industrial, clanky beat, ultimately keeping things way more spicy than the Californian trio ever chose to do.

The good news is that Suction_Records reports have received around 175 tracks from RX-101, which are set to be released over the course of the next few years. It seems these are happy times for lovers of 90s electronic, and we have the internet to thank for that!



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Trifolium
October 29th 2020


24212 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Jesper for proofreading so quickly 💕

MotokoKusanagi
October 29th 2020


3755 Comments


nice review! really enjoyed Dopamine last year so i'll definitely check this out. big SAW85-92 vibes. this release wasn't on my radar at all even though it looks like it came out a while ago

Trifolium
October 29th 2020


24212 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Kusangi! And same, really loved Dopamine as well, this is a little harsher and darker but I think I'll end up liking it equally as much!

parksungjoon
October 29th 2020


31155 Comments


perhapst'd've meant to say advent instead of advance?

this sounds extremely up my alley

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JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
October 29th 2020


2949 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yay! you're very welcome, i'll have to check this out bc you definitely have me intrigued :]

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parksungjoon
October 29th 2020


31155 Comments


how to write when having difficulty

Trifolium
October 29th 2020


24212 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I might have meant that yes park, I'll change it tomorrow.

And I think this is so mega up your alley that it isn't even funny anymore. Really.



Hope you like it when you check it Jesper!

bloc
October 30th 2020


65506 Comments


The Mazda RX-7 is still one of my all time favourite cars

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someone
October 30th 2020


2938 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

really liked the bulk of this album

normaloctagon
October 30th 2020


5607 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@bloc lol



@tri had this on the list but bumped it up to front row 'cause tuuurns out you were reviewing it! I have a real soft spot for this kind of stuff, some of these are just stunning, like Hearts Utd. ... I mean come on

Trifolium
October 30th 2020


24212 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh yes happiness!!!

Great to hear that someone, and octagon YES that rating makes me happy! So stunning agreed, totally delicious

parksungjoon
October 30th 2020


31155 Comments


you're delicious

Trifolium
October 30th 2020


24212 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

park I'm blusssshiinnggg 🤭

dedex
Contributing Reviewer
October 30th 2020


7832 Comments


wowee a Trif review! This sounds very cool, I gotta up my 90s techno game.

Trifolium
October 30th 2020


24212 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yippee a dedex-visit!



I hope you enjoy this as much as I do. Man! Just finished it again and I want to press play for the millionth time already haha!

dedex
Contributing Reviewer
October 30th 2020


7832 Comments


Currently stuck on the new Oneohtrix album, might give this a whirl later today

Trifolium
October 30th 2020


24212 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That one's on my 'to check' list as well. I'll get to it later!

Trifolium
October 31st 2020


24212 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I want to hear this every day, forever.

normaloctagon
October 31st 2020


5607 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

pretty much. it's too stinkin' good. kind of aptly titled too in a funny way

JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
October 31st 2020


2949 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

gave this a spin this morning, was very pleasant! a bit overlong for my taste, but def solid nonetheless



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