Random XS

Random XS

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Dutch underground acid/house/techno outfit Random XS released it’s first 12” vinyl in 1992 on the famous Djax-Up-Beats label, not long after their first live gig. It kick-started an international career, lasting for almost 25 years now. Random XS members DJ Zero One and Frank de Groodt are clearly influenced by the early Chicago acid house and Detroit techno pioneers. But they developed their own unique style: dark and deep, yet intense and in-your-face. The vintage Roland x0x drum machines and analogue synthesizers play a key role in their live sets, but these are spiced up with mind-bending effects & sounds. Unlike many so-called ‘live' dance acts (who use more or less pre-recorded elements), Random XS always performs 100% live. Rhythms are programmed on the fly, ingredients are replaced all the time. So, no two gigs are alike. The live atmosphere adds a new and unpredictable dimension: a random excess!

History
Random XS was founded in 1991, when Sander Friedeman (aka DJ Zero One) joined forces with school-mate Arno Peeters (aka Sp@sms / TapeTV) to perform live on a small underground party in their hometown Utrecht. A tape with tracks from that gig was send to the then upcoming Djax-Up-Beats label. Their first 12" 'Give Your Body', with the 12 minutes long title track, was released. It quickly gained worldwide support from many famous DJs. This marked the start of a long international career. The ultra-dark 'Fading Away' from their second 12" was picked up by the legendary Sven Väth, who invited the band to perform at his infamous Omen club in Frankfurt.
In 1994, Arno Peeters left Random XS to be replaced by Frank de Groodt. More 12" releases followed, and in 1997 the full length album/CD 'Braincloud' was released, also on Djax-Up-Beats.

Live
Random XS performed in cities like Paris, Cologne, Basel, Glasgow, Brussels, Munich, Vienna & Chicago. They featured on big raves and festivals like the Berlin Love Parade, Mayday, Nature One and Mystery Land. However, they always tried to remain 'underground' and didn't sell out. Despite their commercial success, they kept playing on underground parties and squatter raves, too. In the late nineties, Zero One decided to focus more on his DJ career. He keeps performing live with Random XS only occasionally, and no new music is released.

Until 2015, when the first new Random XS 12” since 1997(!) was released on the Dutch Shipwrec Records. Appropriately called ‘The Return’, it marks the comeback of the Random XS project. The new sound is more mature, deeper than ever, but still focused on the dance floors around the world. Live, Zero One still performs together with Frank de Groodt, who is an established producer himself nowadays.
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Random XS Discography

Albums

Random XS Braincloud (Album) Djax-Up-Beats Netherlands 1997 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

DJAX-UP-136 Random XS Give Your Body(12") Djax-Up-Beats DJAX-UP-136 Netherlands 1992 Sell This Version
DJAX-UP-176 Random XS Y.A.M.(12") Djax-Up-Beats DJAX-UP-176 Netherlands 1993 Sell This Version
DJAX-UP-173 Zero Zone / Random XS Zero Zone / Random XS - Art. If.(12") Djax-Up-Beats DJAX-UP-173 Netherlands 1993 Sell This Version
Random XS As It Takes Djax-Up-Beats Netherlands 1994 Sell This Version
Random XS Featuring Optic Crux* Random XS Featuring Optic Crux* - Encounter Djax-Up-Beats Netherlands 1994 Sell This Version
DJAX-UP-243 Random XS Frantic Formula(12") Djax-Up-Beats DJAX-UP-243 Netherlands 1995 Sell This Version
Random XS The Return Shipwrec Netherlands 2015 Sell This Version

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Moanerman

Moanerman

August 15, 2008
Although the rather small output (only 6 EP’s and 1 album), Random XS has a tight live reputation. I’ve seen Sander Friedeman perform a couple of times in Belgium (on Retro-Acid)under this disguise and to me this is one of the best live acts I’ve ever seen. Don’t expect laptops, dodgy, cheap effects and other digital crap, this is the real deal, 100 % live with the basic analogue gear: a 303, a 909 etc. This fact alone deserves all respect. The music is dark, brutal, solid, right-in your-face and intense. If you ever get the chance to check Random XS live, don’t sleep on it, this is one of the few older acid formations remaining that still blows the roof off nowadays.

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