Upon listening to the Ras Xix album, one could make the mistake of thinking that this is just like many others that have emerged in the rock genre. But that couldn't be farther from the truth. In fact, Ras Xix uniquely infuses rock with a variety of rhythms that make for an interesting collection of songs on the self-titled album and an adventure of worldly beats, guitar inflections and flamenco tempos that is worth taking. It is an 11 track assemblage steeped in diverse sounds and songwriting.
"Weightless With You" is heavy and immediately stirs the listener. Perhaps it's the instrumentation or the production offered, but the song is a head-nodding magnum opus. "Nora 5" mixes flamenco with rock and what is formed is something extraordinarily memorable. "Simulacrum" offers a similar sound as "Nora 5" but with a less flamenco and more acoustic flair.
On "Las Arenas de Cartagena," Ras Xix shows off. The song is superbly crafted and the elements that Ras Xix adds in are on full display. From the vocals to the instruments, the track is both impressive and creatively awe-inspiring - and one that will be on repeat. The finale, "Machine" is equally as powerful, transcending several genres.
Ras Xix is in pursuit of birthing a new kind of rock that influses several different and diverse genres of music including, but not limited to, electronic and world music. The musicianship and production displaying on the self-titled album is nothing short of amazing. Ras Xix is worthy not only of a few listens, but a continual following to see what he will come up with next.
Final Grade: A
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