Electronic producer and Ann Arbor native Tadd Mullinix is perhaps best known for his contribution to hip hop and the underground beat scene as Dabrye, an alias that after an 11-year hiatus, resurfaced at the end of last year with Three/Three, his fourth full-length under the pseudonym.
A staple of the Ghostly International label, Mullinix’ latest project as X-Altera adds yet another identity to his expansive repertoire. Inspired by a point in the UK hardcore continuum where it was transitioning into jungle, Mullinix’ sounds as X-Altera recall his early breakbeat experiments as one half of Soundmurderer & SK-1, yet also nod towards his treasured love for the deep, melodic techno made in Detroit and London throughout the ’90s.
Looking to the past to find new ways of moving forward, X-Altera’s debut album marks a fresh reinvention for Mullinix and another successful turn for such an adaptable producer. As Hyponik caught up with him, the Michigan producer recalls some of his early discoveries into the worlds of jungle, hardcore and breaks, picking out classics produced by Dego, Mark Pritchard, Dillinja and more.
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