French DJ and producer Simon Delacroix otherwise known as The Toxic Avenger- his alter ego pays homage to the ’80s cult classic film, aims to break the boundaries of electronic music. Crafting heavy-hitters that range from dizzying, dance club numbers to twisted, otherworldly creations, his signature sound speaks to the depths of the imagination, rousing images straight from crime scene noir. His first single and following the release of two buzzed-about singles last year, The Toxic Avenger is ready to unleash his first full-length record entitled ANGST. Bursting with the sinister, genre-bending sound for which Delacroix is known, ANGST will be released in North America on May 29 via Little Owl Recordings.
The album opens with “Nu 1553,” an energetic track that takes listeners on a jolting ride with punctuating bursts of synth and an erratic beat. “Angst One” picks up right where the opening track leaves off before slowing into an eerie, unsettling swirl of strings that shriek with a sense of urgency and forewarning. “Alien Summer” is an electo-pop gem with airy guest vocals by Annie floating above a pulsating dance beat. Vocal melodies shine on “Never Stop,” with its infectious, anthem-like chorus hovering above layers of synth that cut through the silence like a knife. Special to the North American release are remixes by Beat Torrent and Equateur for single “3,2,1” a thumping ghostly track offering a glimpse into Toxic’s dark world with a shimmering ethereal breakdown building to an explosive climax. Take a listen here.