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  • Mixmag Crew
  • 7 November 2017
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​Rødhåd 'Anxious' (Dystopian)

Rødhåd 'Anxious' (Dystopian)

The themes of Rødhåd’s ‘Anxious’ are clear before you’ve even switched the speakers on. The artwork shows him panda-eyed and shirtless, wrapped in tattoos, while titles such as ‘Cast A Shadow’ and ‘Unleash’ pre-empt the dark journey that follows. Dense pads whirr and recoil on ‘Witheld Walk’, and the beats of ‘Escape’ give off a feeling of genuine menace. The ghoulish ‘Brief Respite’ is full of metallic distortions, but the star of the show is undeniably ‘Target Line’, which pummels your senses before hi-hats and punchy, ferocious bleeps bounce into the mix. It’s a take-no-prisoners climax that’s one of the best techno tracks of the year so far, and helps make ‘Anxious’ a hypnotic, fiery record. Leah Jade Connolly

8/10

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