Premiere: Texture X Hypnokid – MXXNLIGHT

Exclusive premiere of the new track by Texture and Hypnokid. Leafy!

Something a little bit special for our readers this week – a track premiere from science fiction-influenced wordsmith Texture (who, we should reveal, also helps out behind the scenes from time to time at Revel HQ).


Taken from the forthcoming EP Forest Gods, MXXNLIGHT is produced by Hypnokid, an up-and-coming Glasgow producer who already has a huge, diverse batch of EPs and albums available through his Bandcamp and on streaming sites. We featured Hypnokid a while back, and we’re excited to hear how his delicately-crafted, bass-laden trap sounds with Texture’s words. The full EP, dropping in August, also features a guest verse from multi-talented producer, rapper and breakdancer Ashtronomik on the track BURNT TRAIL.

“Being in the forest feels holy to me, as an atheist…”

“This EP was inspired by a couple of things,” says Texture. “First up, I had wanted to hear Ashtronomik on one of these Hypnokid beats – Hypno and I had planned a collab a while ago, and Ash was the first rapper I thought of when I heard his crazy beat for BURNT TRAIL. I was also a huge fan of Ashtronomik’s Abruptly – which was one of my tunes of 2020, for sure.”

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Photo:  Miff Morris

What connection does he have to the forest, as a writer who usually deals in science fiction imagery? “MXXNLIGHT, and especially FOREST GODS, are both inspired by the long walks I’ve been taking under lockdown, up into the hills and along the rivers where I live,” he says.

“Being in the forest feels holy to me, as an atheist, and I wanted to write about that. Finally, I wanted to give people another taste of the music I am making now, before I drop ILLVMINATE with Asthmatic Astronaut on This Is Not Pop later in 2020. That album is such a massive project, two years and lots of planning went into it, so it was refreshing to take a break and make FOREST GODS in just three weeks, start to finish.” It will be a free EP, intended as a thank you to his followers on Bandcamp. 

In anticipation of his big collaboration with AA, it seems like Texture swapped his cyberpunk strides for something a little more pagan and wild… Check out our exclusive preview of MXXNLIGHT, and have a look at these even more exclusive edits of the artwork by our very own Miff Morris.

FOREST GODS (GobophotographyMiff Morris edit)
BURNT TRAIL (GobophotographyMiff Morris edit)
MXXNLIGHT (GobophotographyMiff Morris edit)

Sixfingerz: Oceanbound in the eye of a Silent Storm

Belgian beatsmith Sixfingerz delivers an exclusive mix for Revel Rousers ahead of his new LP

Belgian producer Tim De Groof, aka Sixfingerz, continues to explore his creative vision and artistic sensibilities, evoking powerful emotional and physical responses  within the sonic landscapes he creates. 

Hit play below on the EXCLUSIVE one hour DJ mix Sixfingerz put together for Revel, which highlights his best early works. Sample-spliced and blended to technical perfection, his mastery of turntablism shines through, along with impressive musical intelligence.


Sixfingerz’ knack for executing song structures with a timeless quality owes much to his own vast knowledge and love of traditional, roots and world instruments and musical styles, from past to present. His sound carries a lantern perpetually forward, illuminating bygone eras and musical forms through a modern, stylistic beat-making approach.

Now back with a new album, Silent Storm, Sixfingerz’ innate musical sensitivity is used to evoke the contours of distinct visual landscapes. His sonic explorations tend to naturally lean into cinematic realms, suggesting soul-stirring narratives, glimpsed in brief glances. 

His most recent album, Silent Storm is a perfect snapshot of the creative headspace in which he dwells, as well as the emotional landscapes he roams. He invites the listener into a soothing world of atmospheric textures and warm vintage sounds which  evoke a feeling of comfortability and familiarity, leaning on the gently rousing rhythmic nuances of hip-hop for tempo shifts amongst the blissful, chilled out sonics.   

Revel had the immense honour of catching up with Sixfingerz to chat about his new album. He describes the creative headspace he occupies, gives some insight into the creative process, and tells us where his new music takes him emotionally.

Specifically for this album, what direction has your music taken? How has your sound changed over time?

This album is really chill, the next album will probably be more uptempo, but in what or which form is still a mystery, even to me.

For this album specifically, I wanted to go back to the essence of music on this album. Less chaos, more order. On this record I tried to make the core melodies of these songs interesting enough to carry the song and try to hypnotize the listener musically in that way. 

“I can see birds flocking and flying away. It’s crazy what that song does to me.”

Currently I’m thinking it ten times more over then before, just to make it simpler, as I have a tendency to complicate things first and then uncomplicate them… But it’s not really my choice.

As a model for inspiration I used Yann Tiersen’s album Amélie Poulian and I listened a lot to Hans Zimmer, Ennio Morricone, Brad Friedel, and Clint Mansell.

What else fuelled your creative vision for the album? 

These last couple of years have been very difficult for me, and this album is basically a way for me to cope with the whole thing. I hope people will get the same respite as me when listening to it. I really hope the vibe shines through and fills people with a nice warm authentic feeling, that these sounds can relieve people of some pressures or just use it to drift away in their thoughts.

I always write what I would like to listen to next and usually I gravitate towards samples that express those feelings even when I’m not paying attention. It’s like the right chops and chords get chosen unconsciously and I just go along with it.

I think the next release will probably be self-released due to huge overhead costs and time before the album comes out. It’s really hard for an independent artist like myself to make a dime. 

How easy or difficult was the album to make? How long did it take?

The album took more or less a year to create and then an extra year before it gets released by the label. I still use the same old program Madtracker 2 (that was made over twenty years ago by a Belgian guy named Yannick Delwiche). I played or programmed most of the instruments on it myself, apart from the occasional sample. I even used the old strumstick and the Roliseaboard to give it some extra personality. Lots of back and forth for feedback of course. 

In the end I’m pretty satisfied with how it turned out. Really love the artwork of Sebastian Fraye on this one.

Do you have a personal favourite song off the album?

Oceanbound. I can really feel this song in my core. This track just takes me to the pier, I can see birds flocking and flying away. It’s crazy what that song does to me. Most of the people who listened to the album point out breeze,sol or Heart of the City (which I must admit, I especially added for the fans of the boombap aspect my tracks often have and also I because felt like the album needed some uptempo).

What and who inspires you these days?

The films which continue to inspire me: Parasite, Memento (2001), Metropolis (1927), Grizzly Man (2005), My Dinner With André (1981), Double Indemnity (1944).

People you must check up on: Alex Hirsch (the cipher hunt), Jordan Peterson, Alan Watts, Elon Musk, Richard Feynman, Hans Teeuwen, Michio Kaku.

Music you need to hear: Alt-J, Low Hum, Daughter, Emancipator, Kiasmos, Bon Iver, Nils Frahm, Ross From Friends, Spooky Black, Jon Hopkins, Bonobo, Tash Sultana, Jon Gomm, John Butler, Ólafur Arnalds, Sleep Party People, but also old school music like Bootsy Collins, Bobby Darin, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Junior, Billy Joel, and Del Shannon.

Anything you’d like to tell your listeners?

I would like to thank everyone for listening and the continued support these last 10 years. And thanks a lot for this interview.

Silent Storm



>>Another MaSSiVE heads-up!>> On the current, throbbing, highly intensive ‘3D Eye’ music video release by Chemical Poet/Rapper, Texture who I highlighted on Revel at the beginning of this month regarding his single drop for ‘Robocoppppp’. 3D Eye is the follow-up on the same single extracted from his forthcoming new album #ILLVMINATE destined to be released on independent label, This Is Not Pop later in the year!

Texture executes an acute perception through his hypersensitive thoughtfulness in this current track which speaks and yearns for a psychological shift away from conscious blindness that manifests through heavy conditioned designs of religious beliefs and ideologies, referencing Cassandra, a woman in Greek mythology, cursed to utter true prophecies but never to be believed.

In modern usage her name is employed as a rhetorical device to indicate someone whose accurate prophecies are not believed. Within the track Texture raps a visionary projection where violence ceases through a dismantling of illusionary prisms in order to liberate, elevate and illuminate universal truth.

Surrounding this lyrically dextrous flow is the purpose-driven, chunky, phat  beats of the illustrious producer, Asthmatic Astronaut, who raises an elevated cosmic flow through melodic strains of synth and calculated rhythm, accentuating the gravitas of Textures technical rap flow.

There is always an intellectual, authentic feel to Textures creative works, his sense of urgency consistently rings through without a sense of force or strain, even though he has projected much spoken word in the past, his transition to rap still demonstrates his poetic verse and rhythm with clarity, which evidently sits core within his creative demeanour.

Texture shows an innate knack of channelling a heightened awareness and fresh, finger-on-the-pulse vibration for all who embrace him and those he collaborates with.  

Check out his amazing D.I.Y video below!


The new video for 3D EYE. Lyrics/Visuals: Texture. Beat: Asthmatic Astronaut. New album  coming 2020 on This Is Not Pop.

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Chemical Poet/ Rapper -Texture Drops, Robo Coppppp/3rd Eye -Fresh Single Drop.

Artist – Texture

Single- Robocoppppp/ 3rd Eye

Genre – Hip-Hop/Chemical Poetry/Cyberpunk

Label – This Is Not Pop

Exquisitely pepped over the current new double-barrelled single, Robocoppppp/3rd Eye release from Chemical Poet/Rapper, Bram E. Gieben aka Texture. The exclusive 2-track single offers up boisterous  beats by Asthmatic Astronaut and Medulasa and a FREE DL with the ILLVMINATE: KATAKANA TEE which dropped 29th of last month.  

Texture promises to deliver an album imminently on independent label, This Is Not Pop and is set to perform live at the forthcoming, Southside Fringe Night, May 10th in Glasgow’s, The Icebox Arts And Music Centre.

Yo!.. It’s Texture, he’s following fuck out of your whole gang on Tweetdeck -Robocoppppp/3rd Eye.
In yo! face- space.

In authentic Bram E. style, the current single ‘Robocoppppp’ packs a fresh punch in the gut, offering an intellectual edge and acute awareness of both self and society, interwoven throughout a highly imaginative, futuristic narrative that deepens the dynamic of the rap flow  and intensifies the atmosphere onto complex, inventive new levels. The track articulates a kind of confrontational determination and offers up a fight for truth, as well as boldly rapping about his methodology and functionality in creative and social spheres.

The beats are robust, just like Robo Cop! and the nostalgic feel is accentuated with Nintendo game bleeps and beeps, placed around samples extracted from the Robocop film itself. I love the contrast of a visionary, futuristic portrayal wrapped around visual nostalgia, there are some things we just love to hang onto from the past, Nintendo and Robocop is most certainly two of them!

Also within this track, Texture casts motivational light beams onto the, Black Lantern Music Clan, a reference to Black Lantern records, a Scottish independent label in which Bram founded a decade ago,  releasing exceptional hip-hop, electronic and experimental music.

The second track on the single, 3rd Eye has been delayed, but will soon be released over on Bandcamp.

Follow Textures Website Here –

I look forward to working with Bram over the next few days, in regard to providing him with press kit photographs. He is a magnificent inspiration and I feel motivated and honoured to provide a creative shoot to encapsulate his mood and energy as an artist. His last album release was titled ‘Elevate’ an album which made a massive impact on me and will always be one of my most listened to albums within my collection. Here is an absolute favourite of mine from his album ‘Elevate’ titled ‘Hungry Ghosts’ where he collaborates with p.Wreaks. One of Bram’s most symbiotic rap/spoken word comrades.

Please keep up to date with Texture and his creative ventures. He is an immensely purposeful creative driving force with in the Scottish Music scene and beyond!

Texture in creative unification with p.Wreaks -Hungry Ghosts.
Photo credit to – Chris Scott, Literary Paparazzo

Check Out Another Bram Website Highlighting His Creative Writing –