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— Review: Danger // July 2013 - EP
It’s been over four years since Danger’s last EP; I was in community college back then. - I guess I’m still no more qualified for a job though, heh - Personal quips aside, saying that this release was highly anticipated is an understatement. In those four years there’s been mostly silence from the masked musician; there’s been a couple of mediocre remixes by him and two phenomenal tracks that were snuck into compilation albums from Ekler’O’shock. These two tracks, 9h19 and 22h39, actually do bridge his previous EPs to the new one rather well.
There’s genuine progression in this latest album. The weirdest thing I could say about “July 2013” is that it’s his most contemporary, yet niche, set of songs I’ve heard from him. While dark and creepy are good ways of describing his sound; at the core, a lot of his tracks have an energy that make one want to move; he makes dance music, weird, dance music. This remains.
His image and his sound evoke emotions you’d get from sci-fi video games and movies. In one sentence, Danger made Mass Effect’s soundtrack danceable with July 2013; it’s subtle and most apparent in “1:09”, which is reminiscent of the ambient music played in the map room. It’s a drone-y, synthetic dub that lashes out with horns that you heard from that one “epic” movie trailer, and then there’s a garnish of snares, which is very “in” these days. The snares I find bizarre. It’s a cool sound, but they’re so easy to describe and are rather contemporary; same goes for the horns, which are the theme for album. The strongest, boldest track is “1:42”; it’s something you’d hear in an epic summer-blockbuster trailer. A few years from now, we should be able to date this album, and not by looking at its title. When describing Danger, words turn to tales of cyborgs, mysticism, and rainy nights; it’s a romance. July 2013 is much colder and easier to describe, but still very much a Danger production.
There are a lot of contemporary touches to the tracks. It’s not dubstep as I’ve come to know and hate, but there are dub undertones throughout. There are also snare-rolls; however, you’re not going to hear this at the latest Bro Safari set. And I don’t even think it’s friendly enough for those who nearly odee’d while listening to 11h30. This is not French-touched dance music. This is for the few that listen to electronic soundtracks. It’s very good for what it is, but what it is, is not very interesting, but it is scarce enough to be worth a listen. Aside from actual electronic soundtracks, I’d compare this to Lazerhawk’s Visitors. Danger is not as playful with the genre as Lazerhawk, but since he’s already remixed Lil’ Jon, he doesn’t really need to be. July 2013 sounds like a homage to contemporary, “epic” movie trailers, and I say that in the nicest of ways. It’s short, it’s loud, and at the end of it, while you’re not too sure of what’s going on, you’re left wanting more, for better or for worse.
You like whales? I don’t like whales, because they go and do shit like this!