Parisian techno producer François X has returned with a mesmerizing new EP that showcases his undeniable talent and artistic evolution. 

Titled “CEO” (short for Cowboy Executive Officer), the EP features six tracks that blend edgy techno rhythms with the raw energy of modern dance and pop music, marking a significant step forward in François X’s musical journey.

From the soaring and ethereal opening track, “Infinite Anthems,” to the poignant and melancholic finale, “Broken Dream Fantasy,” François X takes listeners on a captivating sonic journey through a variety of different genres. Throughout “CEO,” François X displays a masterful command of his craft, effortlessly fusing elements of pop, rap, and techno into a cohesive and deeply personal statement.

But “CEO” is more than just a collection of tracks: it symbolizes the superposition of François X’s persona – a duality that reflects his face as a charismatic person almost prophetic and, in contrast, a strong, sensitive artist filled with deep emotional behavior. It’s François X’s comprehensive artistic statement, a reflection of his desire to be understood and accepted as an outsider. With this EP, he opens himself up to a new level of vulnerability, inviting the listener to join him on a journey of self-discovery and artistic ambition.

Photo : Dario Holtz
Stylist : Anthony Goetzmann

From the haunting symphonic melody of “Infinite Anthems” to the bouncy dreamy techno of “Cowboy Executive Officer,” the EP is a relentless, sometimes murkier release that challenges the boundaries between electronic music and vanguard pop/trap. François X’s use of his voice as an instrument adds an additional layer of depth and emotion to the tracks, while larger-than-life bass synths and tuneful pads create an unforgettable sonic landscape.

As the EP progresses, François X’s command of the dancefloor becomes more and more apparent. “The Wonderlighskin Condition” channels a hypnotic and groove-laden approach, with intricate percussion and pulsing basslines driving the hypnotic rhythm forward. Meanwhile, “Work Hangover” channels gritty, distorted beats that are sure to get listeners’ hearts racing. “My NDA” ventures into uncharted sonic territory, fusing tribal-infused elements with a boundary-defying approach. The EP concludes with “Broken Dream Fantasy,” a poignant and melancholic track that showcases François X’s dual strengths as a producer and songwriter, leaving listeners with a sense of wistful longing and anticipation for what’s to come.

Overall, “CEO” is a beautifully crafted EP that showcases François X’s strengths as both a producer and songwriter. The sonic landscape is otherworldly, with François X expertly fusing elements of cloud rap, pop music, techno, and edgy beats to create a unique and captivating sound. With its lush production and emotionally charged sound, “CEO” firmly establishes François X as an artist to watch in the ever-evolving landscape of electronic music.