I believe most heads will agree that the release of Alix Perez’s second album has been a long awaited one. Following the huge success of 2009s 1984, Alix Perez has undoubtedly become one of the most respected producers in the game, with a reputation for delivering high quality, intricately constructed bangers, Perez has a flair for technical savagery and Chroma Chords delivers just this.
Chroma Chords is a diverse electronic album that crosses in and out of numerous genres. Down tempo, futuristic electronica is a recurrent vibe throughout, and I’ve gotta say I do appreciate the diversity and flawless production of tracks such as Crystals and Annie’s Song, but in all honestly this just isn’t my thing.
I don’t think I’m alone in admitting that I’m a drum and bass obsessive that waited patiently for that classic Perez break-beat, and there are certainly some gems that were worth the wait. The soothing vocals of D’Ablo feature in both Playing Games and We Could Have Been, both melodic rollers, sophisticated with tight drums and warm bass that make for pure hedonistic listening. The End of Us ft Sam Willis has an ethereal feel to it; the male vocal packs a substantial amount of cheese, not one of his best, but the tune is undoubtedly feel good drum and bass, and that unexpected monster drop – I dare you not to start raving!
Things go up a notch in the final part of the album; Blueprint is a personal favourite, the tempo switch ups are nasty and the drop in this one is all mighty, this is an experimental banger that will undoubtedly inflict screw-facery upon even the most resilient of victims. Shadows ft. Strange U again a favourite, there’s a good vibe on this one, crisp and dark, dance floor damaging material no doubt.
Chroma Chords includes collaborations with some highly reputable names, and tunes such as Move Aside ft. Foreign Beggars and Monolith ft. Foreign Beggars & Jehst are as expected, unquestionably filthy. The hip-hop vibes are something I’m really feeling and you’ve got to give to him, many producers try mix-up genres and it doesn’t work but Perez pretty much nails it. There are a few tracks that sound suspiciously like album fillers but I’m not gonna fault the guy as it’s a well-crafted album that showcases Perez’s ability to don a diverse array of genres.