It’s been just over a year since HarleyLikesMusic had released his critically acclaimed album, ‘Game Changer’ on Cheap Beats and now it’s time for his latest release, ‘1.5’. Harley has had an active time this past year, going around the world to play live (even headlining ‘Chip Bit Day’), whilst learning the unfortunate problem of LSDJ crashing. With that going on however, he’s thought up a whole load of new unique ways in sound design.
‘1.5’ is heavily based on all hardcore jungle, techno & dnb, whilst keeping the lofi & 8-bit sound of LSDJ alive & well. This is especially evident in 1.5’s signature track, ‘Super Duper Double Duper’, beginning with it’s title sample, of Cheapshot’s daughter saying, ‘super dooper double dooper’. The track then builds itself up through amen toms before going into an absolute explosive belter of a riff, sending the energy of the song flying. ‘SDDD’ also relies on jungle style of dnb, its main hook, the ‘hoover style synth’ a good example of this. It’s a real killer, proving itself especially well in live shows, getting the crowd into a frenzy.
A lot of these tracks are quite heavy, more so than Harley’s previous album, however the one that truly exceeds all of them, even ‘Anchor to Reality’ is…’When Will We Learn’. It begins with its frenzied, bouncy intro, taking inspiration from the hardcore genres, Breakcore & Thrashcrore. The amount of shrilly, harsh & dirty riffs that go into the track and for LSDJ to do all of this, is simply astounding. ‘When Will We Learn’ redefines the emphasis of one huge banger!
Whilst a couple of tracks aren’t accessible as they once were on ‘Game Changer’, Harley has once again evolved is genre into something incredibly raw & hardcore. If you fancy checking out my review for ‘Game Changer’, [click here]
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