Four-years after the release cinematic album, With You, Dirty South has re-entered the album release ring with XV.
The expression “the third time’s a charm” could be applied to XV, which is indeed the visionary’s third LP. Such an application, however, would err in its adjectival minimalism — for the art XV’s craft warrants a stronger classification.
XV is a cerebral exhibition Dirty South’s maturity as both artist and producer, and is as fluid in its overall arrangement as it is complex in its construction. Put briefly, XV is the heart Dirty South’s years experience as an artist, and it beats duly with the wisdom and expertise that Dirty South’s activity in the electronic industry has conferred upon him.
Listeners familiar with Dirty South’s catalogue will know, and know well, that the producer’s previous albums, Speed Life in 2013, Dirty South’s debut product, and With You in 2014, likewise were musical “charms” that effectively enraptured the electronic sphere. Speed Life and With You evinced Dirty South’s possession a golden touch in the studio, not simply a talent for the conceptualization euphoric progressive house productions, but an ingenious mastery there.
XV is no exception. The album effectively retains, exemplifies, and deepens hallmarks Dirty South style: piercing, reverberating commercial house tones, rousing vocal work, inquisitively optimistic lyrical content, and complex chord progressions that enticingly drive the listener XV from one track on the list to the next, until the album is finished. The work is furthermore miraculous in its sonic diversity, working with a variety different sounds and associated moods over the course its ten tracks to forge a release that remains impeccable and refined in its balance despite its roving.
Such fluidity between different tones can be witnessed in cuts like “Night Walks” and “Higher.” “Sonar” and “Love Story” surface as other sweet spots on XV’s track list. XV additionally invites the return previous Dirty South collaborators, and , on “Higher” and “Love Story,” and “If It All Stops,” and “Next to You,” respectively.
XV is emblematic not solely Dirty South’s command the melodically entrancing, but the Serbian-Australian producer’s longevity. Dirty South would release his first ‘ficial’ production under the “Dirty South” stage name in 2004—14 years later, Dirty South continues to enthrall listeners with ease, and last, but hardly least, with dexterity.