In the late eighties, acid house transformed British culture forever. For the first time since Northern Soul retreated from Lancashire’s casinos, the nation’s youth found the urge to dance. A heady mix of repetitive beats, squelching synths and mind-bending chemicals recut the sonic landscape in ways that are still being heard today.

Rooted in the hazy, post-ecstasy comedown that permeated much of the early nineties, Oxfordshire glitch-soul mavericks Pixel Fix are bending the tenets of after hours dance music to fit their wide-eyed indie-pop vision.

Like the opening track of a Back To Mine compilation, “Fall” fuses the cinematic tech-house of Future Sound Of London‘s seismic anthem “Papua New Guinea” with the woozy, phaser-fuelled gutter-pop of The 1975. Other-worldly and extraordinary, it’s an epic blast of contemporary electronica.

With a moniker reminiscent of the old-school psychedelic videos beloved by stoners, Pixel Fix recall an era when genre-bending was in its infancy; when dance and rock were in the early throes of a love-in that’s lasted more than two decades. More Pacific Northwest than pretty old England, the band are fixing to give The Weeknd a run for his money, that’s for sure.


Words by Toby Rogers

Tipped by Steve Davis from Think Tank?

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