Toxe – Blinks (PAN 88)
Swedish producer Toxe’s sharp ascent through club-cursed climes has elicited the highest praise from the start. In just a few years she has linked up with Staycore and Halcyon Veil, presented an A/V project with The Vinyl Factory, and scored KENZO’s FW 2016 prints presentation with close collaborator Mechatok. Her new EP ‘Blinks’ is a fractal bloom of candied melodies and minor laments set in a sweep of frenetic rhythmic scenes.
Developed throughout last year, ‘Blinks’ journals a period of inward flux. And though this is never presented in an overtly self-conscious way on the EP, Toxe binds a sweet juvenilia with a bustling and eager pensive tone to outline her tessellating sense of self just below the surface.
Meditative glimpses of soaring synthetic landscapes are woven across ‘Blinks’ in brief snatches. Awash in horrific and gripping fluorescent hues, these environments are augmented by a comically mischievous patchwork of voices and saccharine rasps that clamour for attention, hinting at Toxe’s impulse to voice a simultaneous and unorganised set of experiences.
The release is mastered by Jeremy Cox, featuring art by Jasper Spicero.