Xiao Quan - Chakram Intel Bulletins

  • Lethal drum patterns that could soundtrack a martial arts fight.
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  • Inspired by Crying Freeman, a manga series about an assassin, São Paulo-based producer Xiao Quan goes full art of war on his new EP. Packed with limber polyrhythms, ominous synths and knife-sharp percussion, the opening track seems to pit these elements against each other, as if they were dueling players in combat.. With its striking movements, tinges of acid and a Street Fighter-esque vocal sample of the artist's name, "Chakram Intel Bulletins" feels gracefully agile even as it invokes tension and dread. It's a spectral techno number that'll keep you on your seat's edge—a good match for modern wuxia films, perhaps.