Sourced almost entirely by samples, AxxoN N's 'Heal' is an enlightening work that is virtually impossible to categorise. Perhaps a distant bastard cousin of Autechre and the more fluid experiments of Kraftwerk around the time of Radio Activity, this music takes the listener on an unpredictable journey which appears to have no final destination. Like all great works, there are more questions than answers.
This work takes on conceptual form, each track addressing and coming to terms with states of deep depression and anxiety. AxxoN N music is painted out of a deep blue and grey canvas where darkness is omnipresent, but as the music unravels it becomes ever more unpredictable, bright flashes of melody jump out of the dense landscape.
If Heal was a planet it would be spinning on more than one axis, throwing its inhabitants out across the universe into a dark future … and is this the true music of the future? A monumental claim perhaps, but it comes very very close. Who needs mind altering drugs when there is Heal by AxxoN N?
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Heal sounds like the album that Lynch might have made for Warp. In a way, it’s music of the future. In another, it’s simply an extension of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop’s experiments of decades ago, or an extrapolation of the Beatles’ Revolution No 9. Really, if Aphex Twin had presented this cacophony on Syro, the reviews would have been just as favourable.
A delicate sample of Fry's laborious ingenuity, utilizing hyper-specific samples and menacing drone ambient progressions to broadcast a sense of spaciousness. The lengthy piece (over nine minutes) is shot in total DIY format, insulated in what sounds like a space suit as the ambiguous figure walks along to the atmospheric effort - something that could come from that apparent Lynch influence.
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Bears some resemblance to a version of Kraftwerk that’s been turned on its head. AxxoN N turns the inhuman and digital into something feral and organic.
An intense piece of electronic production. The tempo is ramped up to elastic levels recalling the more frenetic periods of drum 'n' bass or even Chicago's footwork scene. It's not velocity without atmosphere, though, with AxxoN N seeming to make the walls crumble in around you.