- Like many of his label peers, Tim Exile is not one to be bound by genres. He cut his teeth in drum & bass as Exile on labels like Moving Shadow and Beta Recordings before moving on to more experimental junglist outings on Planet Mu and flirting with breakcore, gabber and cabaret in a live environment on the descriptively named Tim Exile's Nuisance Gabbaret Lounge. On Family Galaxy these experiments are boiled into single tracks that mutate and skip through genres, tempos and styles but still remain interesting and coherent.
"Family Galaxy" starts of in glitchy hip-hop territory, skipping reverse drum beats give way to rising chord progressions over which Exile sings about his journeys through the family galaxy, an ever-changing environment of uncertainty that nonetheless sounds welcoming. The track's structure adheres to the principles of the family galaxy which Exile outlines thusly, "Keep changing every day, don't stay the same or you'll be a fool." As the track goes on, the tempo is slowly turned up from lazy glitch-hop stylings to a techno-sounding four to the floor beat only to explode into frenzied breakbeat territory.
"I Don't Know Where I'm Going" is a wholly different type of journey. It's set off by looming but beautiful synths, which eventually crash into abrasive techno territory around the three-minute mark. Raspy metallic sounding riffs then roll along with the clunky beat while Exile repeatedly tells us that he doesn't know where he's going and that he doesn't care. As a listener one gives in to Exile's views and goes on his musical trip without knowing where it might lead you—even if that means paranoia-inducing techno funk or the mechanic drone of Exile's time-stretching and twisting his own voice.
A Family Galaxy
B I Don't Know Where I'm Going