10 tracks of crisp, detailed and brain-mangling electronics that veer with precision from cinematic, sublime drone ambience to frenetic, sustained and intricate drumwork, with all manner of obtuse machine rhythms in-between.
Radikalize resulted from a unique combination of factors: solid base of insanely good sound design skills, anger at world events, and the internalisation of the latter as fuel to focus on drum-splattered, hyper-detailed and immersive tracks. What comes out of this process is equal parts rage and cold, alien precision.
The process extends to the naming as well, avoiding fancy allusions to conceptual heights, tracks are deliberately untitled, assigned numbers RDK0 to RDK9 like on a production line; the music deliberately is left to do the talking itself, which it does with brutal eloquence.
For fans of the usual suspects Richard Devine, Autechre, Aphex et al. Monster X bio: There are few artists that live up to their name. Julien Caraz aka Monster X is one of those special few. For when he takes to the stage, a monster is truly unleashed. Watching him head butt his way through a myriad of midi controllers and self built Reaktor modules is one of the finest things any fan of extreme and abrasive music can witness. It's not surprising to learn that Julien's not so humble beginnings started in a 12 piece thrash metal band before he turned to Native Instrument's Reaktor to help him destroy audio, ears & souls as a solo artist. Although a professional radio/tv sound designer by day, its his night time persona as Monster X that has gained him notoriety worldwide, both as a live performer and recorded artist on such labels as Peace Off, Tigerbeat, Bedroom Research, Abstract Reflections and Mutant Sniper, to name but a few. "I've had to follow some giants of electronic music at various gigs over the years, but none instil more fear in me than trying to follow Julien. I'd sooner go head to head with Godzilla" - Scheme Boy