Raven - Hrokr / Skavs

by Raven



Young american Michael Johnson, aka Raven, is no stranger to the RKT stable. He has done 2 remixes for us before, for Dan Blume and Gabeen & Tosi, and both times we were so impressed with the dirtiness and personality that came out of his work, that we knew it was just a question of time before he had a release under his own name on our schedule.
Besides those two remixes, previous missives on Mesheland and Tono Limited had also hinted at what he´s capable of, but we truly feel that the “Hrokr/Skavs” EP is his most distinctive and realized statement. Far from being functional DJ tools or dancefloor weapons, Raven crafts tow ominously dark stompers supported on thick and full broken beat patterns. On Hrokr, you can almost touch the rust and dirty oil seeping from the beats, while a searing synth hints at impeding doom. Skavs picks up on some of this character but makes the whole thing sound more paranoid and tense, like a machine on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Complementing the originals, RKTs own Jonsson Tõll makes a welcome return to the fray, after having last been seen on A. Picon´s Secret EP, where his remix gained a lot of approving nods. Creating an extended hypnotic trip reading of the murky depths of Skavs, Tõll´s feels like crawling through a dark tunnel reaching for the light at it´s end that is actually impossible to grasp. The 2nd remix in the package comes from another american, Mick Finesse. And we have to say, we´re really honored to have him aboad. Finesse has been in our sights for ages, as one of our favorite names to have come up in techno in recent years, supported on really special releases on Perc Trax and Broken20, amongst others, so as soon as the right material came along, we jumped at the chance. And it pays off in spades. Mick Finesse´s rework is a crushing yet remarkably restrained take on Hrokr, and the closest thing to a dancefloor track on this EP. The stuttering broken beat is capable of blowing holes on unsuspecting PAs and the whole thing feels like witnessing the gates to a gigantic fiery furnace opening in front of your eyes and an army of cyborgs plunging to it´s depths. Doomsday material.
Judging by what´s on offer here, Raven seems like someone on a very clear mission and with enough ideas and willingness to experiment, as to take him on a very interesting journey. We look forward to the ride.


released April 28, 2014



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