May 30, 2024

Rawkorder – Hounds (EP – Sonic Groove)

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Genre/Influences: Industrial-techno, minimal-EBM.

Format: Digital.

Background/Info: Sonic Groove welcomes a new artist hailing from Rennes (France). This DJ/producer has unleashed his debut work featuring four cuts.

Content: “Hounds” reveals 4 different cuts, which are driven by a heavy mix of industrial, hard-techno and EBM. The right ingredients to get signed by Sonic Groove and no doubt about it the Berlin based label run by Adam Mitchell (Adam X) has a nose for this kind of talented artists. Rawkorder indeed offers an impressive fusion between all the aforementioned ingredients. The opening track is more into hard industrial-techno while the next track has something rather minimal-EBM driven. Both last cuts hold on to the industrial input and even touch ground with some kind of industrial/tribal music.

+ + + : This is a brilliant starter for this new artist. The EP not only features 4 different cuts, but there’s something to say about each single track. “Vein” is a truly sonic bomb to take off and especially the industrial part of the song is impressive. The track –and other songs as well, reveal impressive sound treatments. The EBM input emerges at the next song (cf. “Sonic Assault”), which also sounds more minimal-like. The final song (cf. “Last Strike”) is another noticeable track for already great sound treatments, but still a kind of tribal influence in the background. It has something transcendental, which will make you dance!

– – – : A few spoken samplings or even real shouts are the only element I’m missing here.

Conclusion: Rawkorder brings different, related influences together. This is a successful debut and definitely one of the most promising artist’s I’ve heard on Sonic Groove over the past few years.

Best songs: “Vein”, “Last strike”, “Sonic Assault”, “Umami”.

Rate: (8½).


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