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Oppo II

Various Artists

When We Dip XYZ
XYZ048 | 2022-01-21  
Producers are the backbone of any label; developing supportive and genuine relationships with our artists is the core principle of XYZ's development. Our Oppo series is an ode to the figures that we feel are at the foundation of the label's journey thus far.

Emotional Tourist has cemented himself as a pillar of XYZ's artistic direction over the last two years. The Romanian first caught the ear via an rhythmically groovy remix of DSF, and last year's The Day The World Meets You showcased the Emotional Tourist sound in its finest forms.

Oppo gives full creative control to the producer, who essentially functions as the label head on the project. Curating sounds from artists around the world who've influenced his journey thus far, as well as a pristine production of his own, Emotional Tourist presents a project that fully represents his tastes as an artist.

Emotional Tourist sets the standard on the A1 with Alchimie De L'Univers. A warm and housey bassline meets swirling percussions in the early stages, as a breakbeat carries the groove into undeniably heady territory and Ondin's wistful vocal work bring a franco-edge to the break.

Interlude has been a constant companion of Emotional Tourist, with a pair of collaborations on Kindisch striking a global chord. ET welcomes his Bucharest brother to the Oppo fold, and he provides a masterclass in the form of Odeea. Drenched in organic instrumentalism and flowing synthetics, the B-side's latin-tinged groove is truly a treat.

XYZ faithful are well aware of Mitch Oliver's knack for ominous and punchy productions by now. The Montrealer has thoroughly impressed over the last year, which began with his Alleghanys took the world by storm. He's back in the depths of winter to provide further sound solace. Azure keeps minds moving with meandering synths and an ever present kick, igniting any dance floor in need of a spark.

Erdi Irmak is simply one of the most eclectic producers in the deep and melodic scene. As he did on the inaugural Oppo, Erdi produces a serene soother. Hikikomori showcases the Turk's ability to craft music for life's slower moments.

Bross, Bodaishin, and Lupe Republic come together to form a sound-wielding supergroup! The three compadres have harnessed Catalan inspiration, paying homage to a bedrock of electronic music and endless nights. Barcelona boasts bouncy basslines and dancefloor deviance - a terrific tool for any selector.

Toronto's Dimuth K makes his XYZ debut to close this edition of Oppo. A timeless hook gets us groovin', while his Sri-Lankan roots enter the fold in the form of organic tones and magical melodies.

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