We believe underground producers and labels deserve special recognition! This week’s feature is dedicated to Swedish duo SHXCXCHCXSH.
These two musicians are largely anonymous, they rarely give interviews and choose instead to hide behind codes, anagrams, and indecipherable patterns in their album names and track titles.
Although techno at its roots, their music also carefully folds in elements of IDM and more experimental forms.
Since their debut EP, in 2012, SHXCXCHCXSH have generally been slotted alongside artists like Ancient Methods, Rrose, or their Avian labelmates Gunver Ryberg and Pris.
They share with their peers a take on techno that is brooding, bleak, and sometimes sorrowful.
After releasing notable tracks on Semantica and Subsist, SHXCXCHCXSH found a home in Avian, a thought-after label of contemporary techno.
Following the series of EPs that captured the curiosity and attention of techno world, came in June 2013 was “STRGTHS”, their debut album that successfully etched their unpronounceable name onto the audiences’ minds. In 2014 the duo unveiled their second full-length album “Linear S Decoded” that showed an entirely different side of SHXCXCHCXSH by perfecting the intricate balance between light and and dark and further expanding the breadth and depth of their world with incredible complexity and sensibility without compromising the powerful mind-blowing techno that truly stands out from the crowd.
In June 2016 the duo released “SsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSs,” their 3rd full-length album composed with the soundscape and atmosphere that meant to provide a deeper level of sonic connection , which was partially inspired by SHXCXCHCXSH’s new A/V project with Pedro Maia.
Shxchxchxsh has become synonymous to haunting and abstract experimental techno. The started their own imprint, Rösten back in 2017.
Speaking of new materil, Shxchxchxsh has released their latest album named ‘Kongestion’ last month.