The Culprit label’s modus operandi is about offering listeners a different side to an established artists personality. For their next EP, label favourite Inxec steps up once again, exploring a deeper and warmer style of production, with his co-pilot Leks on board for ‘How Can I Feel’.
Chris ‘Inxec’ Sylvester is fast becoming a pillar in the Culprit fold. His debut release on the label with comrade-in-arms Matt Tolfrey, ‘Even In Hollywood’, was one of Culprit’s most successful releases, helping propel the label into the international consciousness. Inxec’s extended stays in Droog’s LA bunker studio have resulted in him stepping further into the Culprit foreground with this, his second release for the label, timed perfectly with the second headlining show at the vaunted Culprit Sessions. Inxec’s deepening involvement with the Los Angeles crew will extend beyond Culprit this summer, with an upcoming EP on Crosstown Rebels, conceived of together with Culprit’s founders, Droog.
Unsurprisingly for an artist with his focus and work rate, Inxec’s international star continues to steadily rise. His production CV so far reads like the who-is-who of leading labels such as Cocoon, Rekids, Get Physical, Murmur, Cityfox and Leftroom, plus praise from titans including Ricardo Villalobos, Richie Hawtin, Luciano, Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler. Over the last five years Inxec has proven to be one of the underground's most naturally gifted and prolific music makers.
Culprit’s fifteenth release ‘How Can I Feel’ sees Inxec team up with his NYC-based cohort Leks Vargas. Leks has built a name for himself in New York over the past few years as an outstanding DJ and the founder and creator of the AMPD! party series, at which he has hosted the likes of Delano Smith, Soul Clap, Inxec, Droog, Lauhaus, Tom Demac, Brothers' Vibe and Alexi Delano.
With this EP it’s clear that Inxec’s prolonged stay in America has influenced his sound with the artist splitting time between his new NYC base and his LA "second home". Chris unites three strains of US based house sounds on this EP. Channelling moody late night soul that's firmly rooted in the mid-90s New York sound on ‘Deee-Groove’ - seeped in 4am groove dynamics; shimmering and playful West Coast house in "How Can I Feel," driven by one of Culprit’s most unabashedly uplifting vocals on record; and off-kilter, wonky warmth in "Sprinkles", referencing modern Detroit deep tech stylings.
Published: 8th June 2011