Dax J’s success within the challenging environment of international DJing and music production has been considerable, yet he hasn’t chosen to passively bask in the comfort of his accomplishments.
Instead, he has used his recent experiences to create sonic weapons to confront ‘public morality’ with a themed album of the same name: Offending Public Morality. Touching upon numerous ‘hot button’ issues that could offend non-reflective, puritanical sensibilities (i.e. drug abuse, racism, prostitution, murder), Offending Public Morality sprawls out like a foreboding urban landscape and calls upon all kinds of sound elements that will be new to those already familiar with Dax J.
Though he has been closely identified with the techno genre, this new set makes nods towards his influences in the UK jungle / drum ‘n bass scene, while also undertaking exercises in IDM, EBM, acid and other forms of uncategorizable intensity.
From the introductory Babylon Brutality, which nails gritty film samples to a lush vocal elegy and authoritarian percussion, Dax J presents a story wherein creative, exploratory energy is constantly forced to contend with paranoiac, racist and exploitative tendencies.
Equal portions of positive excitement and dread are present in the sequencer-powered, dialed-in rush of Reclaim Our Lost Honor or Offending Public Morality (whose Middle Eastern-flavored keys separate it from many likeminded journeys into Euro-coldness), while acid-dripping cuts like Unrepentacostal and the jungle cyborg stomp Mustapha Mond take a darker, chillier approach.
There are plenty of seductive moments to keep the force of impact from being too overwhelming – especially Zanias’ guest vocal turn on Waves of Isolation, as well as the flaring brightness of Feed The Pigeons – but these moments of beauty tend to only highlight the importance of Dax J’s overall message. That this message can be conveyed clearly with such a variety of different sound techniques is a real testament to Dax J’s skill as a producer, but also to his perceptiveness and his resilience in the face of adversity.
Offending Public Morality draws up the lines of conflict in a way that’s vivid and loud as possible; using radical sounds to document the ongoing struggle between free expression and violent repression. The album is set for release on April 6th and will be available in both digital and 2×12″ fomats.
Listen to a cut from the record below, titled Babylon Brutality.