Unless you’re attuned to the US
dubstep scene, which compared to its UK and Euro counterparts remains
decidedly under-the-radar, the name Blixaboy probably won’t be familiar to you.
However, those with long memories may recall how in the mid/late ‘90s there was
a kind of nu-shoegaze and spacerock movement cropping up in pockets all over
North America, notably in Denton, Texas, and at the forefront of the Denton wing was Mazinga Phaser, led by
guitarist Wanz Dover. Since Mazinga’s demise Dover has resurfaced on occasion,
such as with the more electronica-tilting Falcon Project, and how he’s in the
middle of another personal renaissance as Blixaboy, having issued several
online-only EPs and a limited-edition full-length, along the way getting the
seal of approval from the likes of BBC “godmother of dubstep” Mary Anne Hobbs”
and Ishi and Julius Funkhouser, both of whom have signed on Dover for remix
Kliks & Politiks is Blixaboy’s first widely-available release, and it serves as a kind of career
summation to date, merging as it does Dover’s
disparate influences while remaining true to the dubstep aesthetic, as well as
a signpost towards the future for the multiinstrumentalist and laptop maestro.
Opening track “New Age Steppa” has already drawn attention from numerous media
corners, its blend of Krautrock (check the subtle motorik vibe) and trance working on a deeply sensual, organic
level. The shimmery dystopian pop of “Robot Girlz,” with its processed Thomas
Dolby sample Thomas Dolby-like blurts of “Science!” (it’s actually Dover’s voice, pitched down), is cheeky and compelling in its own right. And “Lion
Eyes” is at once minimalist and cinematic in scope, its brooding, dubby,
melodica-powered ambiance bolstered by the dramatic vocals of guest Emil
Rapstine (from acclaimed Texas
band The Angelus).
dropping in myriad psych, prog and techno flourishes along the way, Kliks & Politiks scans like an
interstellar funk orchestra, outfitted in full alien regalia and marching to
the beat of a different (multi-limbed) drummer. Here comes the Blixaboy parade,
kids; get in line.
“New Age Steppa,” “Lion Eyes” FRED MILLS