Xao returns to Astral Black with his new eight-track LP, Eternal Care
Unit. Created after relocating from to Germany and distanced from the UK sounds and scenes that had influenced his previous work, ECU sees Xao further explore the ethereal futurism displayed on 2017’s Alloys EP. In keeping with the title (Eternal Care Unit is a medical slang term for the morgue), the release soundtracks the transcendental shift from the physical to the spiritual realm.
Over the course of the record’s thirty-minute running time, Xao traverses through the hauntingly beautiful soundscapes of tracks like the opening ‘Embryno’ to the sonic brutalism of ‘Corvid Tendencies’ and ‘Vent Jockey’, interspersed with the driving off-kilter rhythms found on the likes of ‘Bernet Franca’ and ‘Blades // Savants’.
The physical release comes with full colour sleeve artwork from fast rising designer Patrick Savile, whose has previously done work for the likes of Bokeh Versions, Warp, WGSN and more.
released April 5, 2019
All tracks produced & mixed by Xao.
Mastered by Alex Gordon @ Abbey Road.
Artwork by Patrick Saville.
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getting buffeted by incredible atmosphere and infectious percussion underneath. At points gets really intense in a way that makes you want to lean into it. Gorgeous vocal samples at choice moments that make mixing these tracks such a treat yungkamaji