French DJ and producer, Simon Delacroix, operating under the moniker The Toxic Avenger, has shattered the boundaries of electronic music, creating a chillingly dark place all his own. 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.
Dubbed an artist to watch by Rolling Stone for his first single and following the release of two buzzed-about singles last year, The Toxic Avenger is set to drop his first full-length record, Angst. Bursting with the sinister, genre-bending sound for which Delacroix is known, Angst will be released in North America on May 29th 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.
Download the chilling “Never Stop” MP3 right here.