“Leakage” was recorded around the year 2000 in South London and Salisbury. It was eventually compiled in 2003. The original recordings have now been remastered and sound better than ever.
Some of X-Amount’s best early work is here - “Tab” and “Tyfoon” are unusual, weird ambient spaces that feature sampled finger drums played by Andi, whereas tracks like “Rezzpeck” and “Breakage” hint at dancefloor madness.
At the time X-Amount were sequencing the tracks on Atari ST computers and using minimal hardware. The EMU ESi 32 sampler features heavily and, at the time, they had recently acquired a Waldorf Pulse synthesiser which provides many of the bass lines. Other electronic noises were generated by pushing a Roland D110 synth to its outer limits - “push it ’till it falls over”. Rhythms were mostly generated on the band’s (still) favourite drum machine, the Roland R8 mk2, and at the time they also had a Yamaha CS30 and a Roland TB303. All these sounds combine to create rich, twisted and interesting textures.
If you download the entire album, you get three bonus tracks, which are early demos recorded at the time as well as one track that never made it to the album, plus complete artwork and album notes written by Simon in 2011.
released November 3, 2013
Composed and produced by Simon Birch & Andi Panayi.
Mix, additional production and mastering by Simon Birch.