! Two years since the experimentation of their last full-length album "Drop The Mask",
are back - back to doing what they do best: a back-to-basics assault aimed squarely at the dancefloor.
Ten years old this year, the Italian duo sign off their first decade by delivering what both fans and DJs have long demanded - a no-frills return to the classic XP8
-style futurepop epitomised by the 2008 album "The Art Of Revenge". Yet this is no step back - rather, it is a very deliberate and superbly-crafted return to familiar musical territory.
Where "Drop The Mask" pulled in different directions, "X - A Decade Of Decadence" exhibits a singularity of purpose: to drive the listener onto the dancefloor. From the bass-heavy beats of "The Wound That Won't Heal" to the social commentary of "Burning Down" (inspired by the recent rioting spreading across Europe) "X" delivers hit after palpable hit - expertly mastered by the hand of Kolja Trelle
. The call of the rhythm has a new vigour, the production a new polish, and the vocals of frontman Marko Resurreccion
a new power and confidence - yet retaining that distinctive plaintive quality that recalls a young Robert Smith
(were The Cure
to make dance music).
This is futurepop at its finest - surely the catchiest and most accessible work XP8
has produced to date. And as if to underline these new-found commercial credentials, "X" also finds XP8
reunited with Stewart Who?
- the instantly-recognisable voice of Wayne G
's platinum-selling club-classic "Twisted" - for the killer cut "Trip", following on from his live collaboration on XP8
's "Twisted" cover which was one of the highlights of the Resistanz festival earlier this year.
In all, "X" delivers 7 solid club-smashers back-to-back. But the Latin numeral "X" = 10, not 7 - and this very special release was based from the beginning on the concept of one epic track for every year of XP8
's existence. So on top of these 7 new tracks, XP8
also deliver brand new remixes of 3 of their biggest club hits - "Cuttin 'N' Drinkin'", "The Art Of Revenge" and "Muv Your Dolly" - from Tom Napack
), new Dark Dimensions signings Autodafeh
, and scene superstars Aesthetic Perfection
And as if that was still insufficient reason to snap this release up on the spot, the CD version is rounded out with the official videos of "The Art Of Revenge" and "The God Particle"! Presented in gatefold digipak, "X" is in every respect a celebration of the best of XP8