- XAMIGA is one of two names under which Legowelt and Xosar collaborated a few years back. The other was Trackman Lafonte & Bonquiqui, a home for kitschy, sun-soaked "pacific house." XAMIGA releases were a little more serious, their thumping house chassis softened with reverb and wooly melody. This return to the alias after a two-year absence, for NYC's Sheik 'N' Beik, occupies much the same coordinates.
The pair do best when they balance foggy gloom and gentle, house-wise euphoria. "Blizzard 21122012," with its spooky chords and crypt-sized reverb, feels a bit oppressive. Better is "Stratocumulus," whose church-organ chords waft by like the dark clouds of its title. Still, the percussive backing is on the sluggish side. "Bohemian Grove" and "MidwestDR660Soup" finally hit the sweet spot. The former, with its dulled, flutelike leads, is one part bleak to two parts louche; the latter is more straightforwardly pretty. Both producers have proven themselves experts in rich, layered melody, and they're on solid form here.
A1 Bohemian Grove