Being an offshoot of the Indigo Area label, ÆX is a series of hand-stamped limited editions that has reached already the tenth release, which give a peek into Amsterdam’s local scene. A few artists have been featured in previous samplers too and here’s a reminder about the catalog’s number nine.
“ÆX009” is a smooth affair, taking off with star-gazing “The Invisible Workings” by D&S. Kaap’s dub-filled “Godspeed” appears like an instrumental version of Rhythm & Sound, while Ben Buitendijk’s “Head In The Clouds” emits ambient vapours. The B-side is about extended business hours when Tetelepta serves over seven minutes of purring dub techno (“Sassoon 011”). For the end, in Human Space Machine’s “Places” the drums remind of Claude Young’s “Darkroom” remix of Beltram’s “Start It Up” and are coloured with bright synth riffs.