PIXEL FIX

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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