Out: 9th October
Alternative electronica from Houston Texas doesn't get better than Ramxes. Working from the comet-tail of the previous work, Neptune Drive, this new EP of 3 further plummets the listener into space inspired fusions of sound. The artist has been covered at least three times, which is an achievement for dystopian electro, and has been an integral part of the process for many other great acts such as Lil B, Lovic, and Neon Blk. The Houston scene has never been this good.
The title-track Gozuki Pluto begins with a pulsing elastic bass that throbs in a quick-step rhythm. Sploshy chords then wave behind in sunny avenues as drumming spells out the corners. Another layer of melodic synthesiser joins in, it rivers across the under-chords like scoops of dry rice. This then gives way to more pulsing bass which grabs the headline for a few moments until the rest of the score livens the embers with a wholesome delivery.
Life Points Zero has a deep and heady bass rhythm that thumps into the shifting sands as if calling a worm. Then chiming metalwork begins to rattle in a uniform gust of continual airflow. Tinny, resonant beats span out from a central point and unison rhythms churn the tempo into a hypnotic soup of similarity. Tuneful sways up and down produce a sliding and glistening swell to the forward direction.
It ends with American Zuu. Snappy beats catch the breeze with a one-two stomp through bass and hat. Snare and more cymbal rattle along until a breakdown gives rise to some more organic rumbling sounds. The drums re-emerge among the foliage as chattery toms tumble into melodic phrases. Then, a chunky swerving bass begins to step in running movements to the left and right. Rhythmic melody on two fronts brings out a jittery harmony that grabs our attention.
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Rowan Blair Colver for The Electro Review.