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REVIEW: Genix - XO / First Mind out on Anjunabeats

Two killer cuts from one of Anjunabeats most prolific artists, ‘XO’ and ‘First Mind’ is the latest double header from the UK’s Damion Houchen aka Genix. Fresh from his chart topping ‘Black Water’ release alongside label mate Sunny Lax, Damo’s latest solo venture are two club orientated records you can expect to hear on his forthcoming US tour.

A brash dance floor record, the raw energy and tribal feel to ‘XO’ has already made it a favourite in the sets of Above & Beyond and Armin van Buuren. With percussion heavy counter riffs propelling the record to a vicious climax, ‘XO’ is a peak time summer groover.

A more classic Genix affair, ‘First Mind’ is a masterclass in combing positive chord progressive with a deep club groove. With plucky melodies continuing to bubble away throughout the record, this is yet another polished release from one of the scene’s most consistent artists.

Dimitri Kechagias review:
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 [item value="10"]Beat and Rhythm[/item]
 [item value="10"]Basslines and Groove[/item]
 [item value="10"] Melody [/item]
 [item value="10"] Synths [/item]
 [item value="10"]Breakdown[/item]
 [item value="10"]Climax  / Drop / Crescendo / Pay off moment[/item]
 [item value="10"]Intensity, Drive and Energy[/item]
 [item value="10"]Sound-design and Arrangement[/item]
 [item value="10"]Overall Atmosphere[/item]
 [item value="10"]Goosebumps / Shivers moments[/item]
 [item value="10"]Emotional affinity and heartfelt moments[/item]
 [item value="10"]Originality and Inventiveness[/item]
 [item value="10"]Dancefloor Efficiency / Festival Arenas Effectiveness[/item]
 [item value="10"]You can’t get this memorable track out of your head[/item]
 [item value="10"]It has potential to become an anthem or a classic[/item]
 [item value="10"]XO / First Mind[/item]
 [content title="Summary" label="Overall Score"]Genix is currently with releases on various labels. When he returns in his homebase Anjunabeats you expect something truly exceptional and he leaves up to his promises. XO is a powerful mainstage prog house meets trance production with slamming sharp basslines pounding drums and superb percussive rhythm and groove. The breakdown is euphoric to the maximum packed with big colourful synthy chords. The climax continues on the same mainstage sound. First Mind on the other side is equally crunchy on the outside with techy drums but in the breakdown becomes truly sweet and beautiful with sunkissed melodies and ethereal female voices followed by big uplifting hands in the air climax that ensures mainstage domination. #PureGold Love It.[/content]

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