Far removed from techno, the self-titled, self-released set of instrumentals is available now.
Xhin is best known by way of the tough, angular techno he's delivered to labels like Token, Semantica, Meerestief and of course Stroboscopic Artefacts—he has a longstanding connection with the latter imprint (and its head, Lucy), which is home to a handful of his records, including his 2011 album Sword. But this new one explores markedly different territory: described as a "very personal album" that represents "the other side of Xhin," it sees the artist crafting his own style of progressive metal with 11 instrumentals focused on guitars and drums and featuring plenty of synths and electronic embellishments.
The album is entirely a solo affair, Xhin having written, recorded and mastered it himself, and it comes through his own new, self-titled label as a digital release via Bandcamp. You can listen to the whole thing below.
To those who may prefer Xhin in techno mode, he has this to say: "[I]f it's not really up your alley, fret not! I'm still the same techno producer and DJ you already know so there'll be more techno stuff coming!"Tracklist
04. One Light
05. Bleu Lunaire
06. The Other Place
07. Forgotten Days
11. Silent Dawn Departure
Xhin's self-titled album is available now.