As one of the main contributors to the threethousand brand, it’s very pleasing for us to see Brighton based all around music man: KXVU kick off his year with a pair of hearty heaters. Following on from his inclusion on the epic sixth edition of ‘Southpoint Presents’, we seem him now team up directly with FooR and Tengu, on their latest label venture: YosH Pit.
After putting together an absolutely scorching launch compilation, including fresh tracks from the likes of Shaun Dean, Dread MC, Mofaux, J69, Wittyboy, we see KXVU step up to the plate to deliver a dosage of his unique production energies, which seem to find themselves place firmly at a three way intersection between grime, funky and breaks. His production style has earned him both plaudits and criticism in recent times, whilst of course providing continuously original content, failing to fall into a genre bracket has its negatives as well.
The EP as a whole really showcases this refusal to be bound into genre restrictions as we begin our journey by diving into ‘Akuma’. This Metallica year structured original really hits the space between breaks and funky, dropping some hints of neuro influences left right and centre. We begin with spacey atmospherics, quickly descending into breaksy madness riddled with rogue reese expansions and bouncing UKG drum switches.
On the flip side we are given ‘Neptune’, a similar track to the first but with a few surprises in wait. Again KXVU uses a range of influences to devise a winning formula, smashing a selection of breakbeat and funky themes together with neurotic overtones and unpredictable drum switches. It’s safe to say that KXVU has found his niche with these two forward thinking compositions.
As an artist, writer and all around musical entity, KXVU continues to expand his output, with a daily breakfast show on Trickstar Radio, writing positions both here at threethousand.co.uk and at Junodownload along with his label management duties as Southpoint’s product manager.
You can check out the full release below: