Singapore/Berlin label and party Midnight Shift launches a quarterly residency at Elevator with one of Asia's hottest names in pitch-black techno: Xhin.
Xhin (pronounced as “sheen”) has been crafting ominous cuts of cutting-edge electronic music since 1997. With a passion for sound design, he is best described as a futurist. His rhythmic structures and compositional techniques incorporate elements of techno, tight sub bass, ambient and IDM deliver hints of chaotic soundscapes in their intricate artistry.
In 2009, Xhin joined Berlin techno label, Stroboscopic Artefacts. The result: tracks in heavy rotation from artists like Speedy J, Luke Slater, Ben Klock and many more. Since this breakthrough, his release schedule has danced through a who's who of modern techno: Token, CLR, Semantica and Sleaze have all featured the shapeshifting Singaporean. His most recent EP arrived in July on Midnight Shift, kicking off a new white label series SHIFT LTD. The result, as Hard Wax puts it is an 'Abstract, spaced out tripping, noisy Techno EP'. "If this is Midnight Shift's idea of straight-up techno then they paint an expansive and open-minded picture of it” says RA's Andrew Ryce.
About Midnight Shift: A spirited entity grounded in sound, an electronic music events and label uprising bringing the emerging and established together in production and performance on one global stage.
MNS had been throwing all-night raves, often with unnanounced headliners, in Singapore since 2009. Then the label's first EP, 'The First Shift' was released in October 2012, featuring artists Basic Soul Unit from Toronto and Eddie Niguel from Singapore. To date, the label has a catalogue of more than 15 releases on both digital and vinyl, and a roster that includes artists such as KiNK, Mr. G, Recondite, Tapirus, John Heckle, Gene Hunt, Ultrademon, and Andreas Gehm (RIP).
"Singapore doesn't have the sort of afterhours cache Europe does, but promoter Midnight Shift sees no reason why this should be the case: organizing late-night, invite-only events where guests like KiNK and Surgeon often go unannounced until kickoff, Midnight Shift has started to build a reputation beyond the southeast Asian metropolis it calls home. Their new label arm should certainly help." - RA