Charlotte, N.C. producer Axnt has been on my radar for a minute now thanks in part to the homie Simon, who’s a talented a producer in his own right, and also the folks at the Durham-based Raund Haus collective.
They released Axnt’s latest project, Double Image, which is a delightful blend of sounds. While hip-hop may be the root of what you’ll hear on this project, there are lovely experimental touches throughout that bring a healthy heaping of crunch, fuzz, and other speaker-punishing elements. And yet, even at its most left-field, Double Image never gets too abrasive or challenging, which is no easy feat.
It can be difficult to put into words how a project sounds or makes you feel when it’s this fucking good. Sure, it’s weird at times and pushes some boundaries—”ProtoPattern” is B O N K E R S and has a really dope Brainfeeder aesthetic—but so what? What does “weird” even mean anymore? What is happening in this post?
You can buy Axnt’s Double Image on Bandcamp and stream it below via Spotify. If you’re looking a track to start with, peep the beat-switching (and appropriately titled) “Mind Lost” or the bananas “ProtoPattern.”