Xyzr_kx: 'Luv' XYZR_KX (pronounced "Scissor Kicks") is Chicago-based composer Jon Monteverde. When he's not working as an office manager at a law firm, Monteverde writes music that fuses folk, rock and electronica. His music references electronic giants like Boards of Canada, Autechre and Squarepusher.
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XYZR_KX (pronounced "Scissor Kicks") is Chicago-based electronic composer Jon Monteverde. After spending four years arranging and directing a Northwestern University all-male a cappella pop group, Monteverde was burned out. So he retreated to his bedroom to embark on a project that would be the antithesis of his previous musical endeavors. What came out of his retreat is Falls Off The Curb, Chump Style, released in 2005 on Actually, Records.

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XYZR_KX, aka Jon Monteverde

As XYZR_KX, Monteverde draws on his love of electronic music as well as pop and folk. His music features quiet, tender vocals alongside chaotic, disorganized beat sequences. Monteverde takes cues from other electronic artists like Squarepusher, Autechre and Boards of Canada.

Monteverde's day job is office manager in a Chicago law firm, and he says he has the business cards to prove it.

The featured track on Falls Off The Curb, Chump Style is "LUV."