On the Radar: Exos & Various Artists – Invisible Limits 1

Icelandic producer, Exos, collaborates with a host of well-respected peers on his recent Invisible Limits Vol 1 EP. The Waveform Transmitter’s Paddy Hooley takes a listen to six cuts of sublime techno.

Volcanic landscapes, rasping elements and extended hours of darkness have created a unique and isolated environment in Iceland. The island’s rugged terrain has contributed much to the culture of it’s people across all forms of art and innovation. In recent decades the country has formed a healthy appreciation for underground dance music and it is no short of venues surrounded by mysterious caverns and fluorescent night skies.

Arnvidur Snorasson, better known as Exos, credits the Scandinavian scenery as a fundamental influence to his production and selection. The Icelandic artist has forged a career as one of the most experienced and respected producer/ DJs in the country, exciting audiences all over Europe and featuring on line ups at Berghain (Berlin), Fabric (London) and Awakenings Festival (Amsterdam).

Alongside his performance success, Exos has released on labels such as Thule, Mosaic and Nina Kraviz’s label трип (Trip). His proven track record and years of experience have recently (2017) been combined in the launch of his own imprint; X/OZ, promoting Icelandic techno and events on the island. The multidimensional platform states that ‘tempo varies but is always driven by intensive, deep breathing restlessness’ an ethos reflected in the label’s first release Invisible Limits Vol. 1. The 6 track EP includes a number of Exos’ closest collaborators, the likes of techno heavyweight Bjarki R. Sigurdarson (Bjarki) and Snorasson’s father Octal.

The A-side begins with Hverfult in form of a fast and full kick setting things off to a good pace. A flurry of subterranean stabs and scratches maintain energy in constant direction, as if cracking through the glacial underworld of one of Icelands many valleys.

Track two on the first side, Gurk comes from Exos’ трип team mate and fellow Icelander, Bjarki under his alias Gurk. The raw and industrial drum pattern cycles throughout, creating a gritty, rumbling low end that could be measured on the richter scale.

Exos’s father Octal appears twice on the B-side, featuring on an experimental collaboration with his son and Ruxpin, Kurltilgrafar, and his own track Spaff, remixed by Octal Industries.

Invisible Limits Vol. 1 was released digitally, following an initial vinyl release, and is available now from all good vinyl and digital retailers.

Author: Ste Knight

Editor at The Waveform Transmitter. Lover of acid basslines, cavernous kick drums, and dark rooms. Cut his teeth to Surgeon's blistering techno assault at T-Funkshun in Liverpool and hasn't stopped for breath since.

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