Wet Skin - Animal God

Wet Skin is an exercise in secrecy and lurid confession; electronic music inspired by the emotional hangovers of digitally mediated sexual encounters (and non-encounters).

Each song on the debut album from Wet Skin is a vignette of isolation and frustration against the market’s ethos of constant connection and overbearing permission to indulge. Pornography at the limits of capitalism and cybernetics; choosing a date reduced to a casual fusion of shopping and gaming. Songs like “Sex Negative” offer a meta-thematic confrontation with the proto-incel themes of some industrial music. Other tracks such as “I Hate What You Like” are less heady, airing a rageful annoyance at the constant push-pull between enlightened criticism and ‘just letting people like things’.

Musically, “Animal God” maps out a space between the slinking mid-tempo grind of “Concrete Jungle”-era DIVE and the guilt ballads of “Pretty Hate Machine”-era Nine Inch Nails. Drawing on themes from Michael Mann’s 1986 masterpiece “Manhunter,” the speaker in all six original songs tries to face up to the disturbing (and increasingly forgotten) reality that we’re more like the monsters we deplore than we’d usually care to admit. Occupying an underworld of shadowy, whispering ambiguity the track list plays like an unearthed chest of lost disclosures.

Disorientation hangs over every word in “Hide From The Light”, an intimate, depressive, polar bookend to the album’s detached, hedonistic opener “Exposure”. The menacing cover of Red 7′s “Heartbeat” casts the original song’s portrayal of romantic desire in an even more grim light than when it appeared in the end credits of “Manhunter”.

The album is rounded out by eviscerating remixes from Statiqbloom & SARIN.

Digital Album

Posted on April 22nd, 2021 under Releases, ,

Black Dahlia - Animasochist

Black Dahlia is a Sydney based electronic music project fusing elements of new beat, EBM & industrial. Along with live and DJ performances in her native Sydney she has also released on labels such as Up North Records (Au), Deep Scan (Au), Insane Industry (Italy), Idlestates (Scotland), and soon to be Motorik Records (Au) as well as this first release on Berlin based X-IMG.

Her upcoming EP “Animasochist” on X-IMG is an explosion of sex, fetishism, and empowerment; samples from vintage sexploitation and pornographic films, interviews about fetishism, and 80s cinema milieu paired with the sounds of New Beat and EBM, which has become Black Dahlia’s signature sound. Digital release February 5th with tapes to ship shortly after.

Cassette / Digital Album

Posted on February 10th, 2021 under Releases, ,

Dystopia in Action

The first X-IMG vinyl is the result of over a year’s worth of planning culminating in a tightly curated 6 track compilation. “Dystopia in Action” is the 12” successor to the previous & internationally focused “Self-Aware” cassette compilation series, featuring artists who have been part of the label’s slow yet steady cult like spread over the last 5 years. Also included on the compilation are more established artists previously unreleased by the label such as Qual & Kris Baha.

The 12” v/a serves as a laser guided & bludgeoning sampler of fresh underground acts operating within the wider scope of club oriented contemporary dark electronic music. Artists from Colombia, Greece, Denmark, Canada, France & Germany are represented here.

LP / Digital Album

Posted on September 7th, 2020 under Releases,

Nordstaat ‎– Singularity - Second Coming

“Humanity in its self-inflicted godly state awaits the Singularity as the Second Coming. Salvation in the face of technological decay.” Nordstaat returns to X-IMG with six hypnotic and melancholic techno cuts layered with his signature black metal soundscapes and industrial atmospheres. His latest release is both a condemnation and adoration of the New Man; an ode to a dying realm and to servants of an artificial origin…

Cassette / Digital Album

Posted on August 14th, 2020 under Releases, ,

Unconscious – Regnum Novum

Unconscious returns to X-IMG with 8 tracks of carefully crafted dark electronics operating on the fringes of body techno, acid, wave and italo. This release also Includes 2 remixes by SARIN. 50 Limited Edition hand numbered cassettes with a total run time of: C-60.

Milan based Andrea Riberti has been active in various scenes since the late 90’s from his days as a graffiti artist to his first Akai 950 and Atari ST-1040 machines for production. He currently operates under the “Unconscious” moniker as a live artist and producer with his roots cemented in early rave culture, drawing from the wake of Post Punk, Industrial and Body Music. As a project, Unconscious surfaced in 2013 to further experimentation within electronic music, acting as an outlet to communicate raw, post-industrial sounds and emotions.

Earlier works under the alias were focused on a purist techno sound with traces of EBM influences emerging thru releases such as 2016’s “Codex Gigas” EP on Berlin-based Advanced, and 2017’s sophomore album “Chaos Theory” on Moscow based NEN Records. Proceeding releases on SARIN’s X-MG, Marc Ash’s Blacksilk, Berlin-based Instruments of Discipline and AREA Z, began to define an evolving sound and movement towards new interpretations of EBM, Italo and acid that combined raw and nostalgic sounds with a sharp modernity. Unconscious’ live and hybrid performances are aimed at the fully body, moving dance floors with a charged and sonorous strain of Industrial-EBM and Techno.

Digital Album

Posted on June 10th, 2020 under Releases, ,