Updated: Mar 9, 2019
For my first review as part of the Juandem, I’m covering the latest offering from Seven’s Uprise Audio, ‘Rebellium Part 2’. This 4 track offering comes courtesy of the head honcho himself. With an impressive career stretching all the way back to 2009, his wealth of knowledge and experience is certainly evident throughout this EP.
The first track, Scatter, is a collaborative effort between Seven and Spec. The track features incredibly clean sub bass hits, and has a clean, smooth ride through the intro. This is followed by a tight mid bass that accompanies the sub bass and dark, decending eski-inspired synth melody. The track has a calm and cool feel, icily and surgically delivering the sub bass effortlessly, sure to get heads nodding in any dance.
The second track, Reactor, has heavy Joker-esque vibes from the outset. Throbbing, swirling synths accompanied by bass stabs make sure the listener knows this is gonna be a dark one. The dark, dungeon style vibe is perfectly balanced with the percussion, with heavy kicks and rattling hi-hats piercing the brooding atmosphere the synths and bass create. Similarly to the first tune, this track guarantees a screw face.
As the name implies, the third track, Swamp Trap, comes with a more trap orientated style. Heavy 808s are the name of the game here, being introduced by a melody of pitch shifted bongo sounding drums that echo fantastically over them. The bouncing melody is sparse sounding, but fills the air amongst the 808s and percussion precisely. Suddenly, a mechanical sounding synth is introduced, coolly complementing the whole affair, and pulls the track back from the edge of trap style beats, planting it firmly in dubstep territory.
The last track, Happy Feet, is a certified banger. As opposed to the more understated and icy tracks on the EP, this one is an all out full-frontal assault of bass and synths. A hypnotic bass and synth melody swirls and spins throughout the whole track. Sounding dizzy in the best way possible, the track starts out with grime inspired horn-style synths, and a hint of the bass is heard underneath, ready for it to crescendo into the drop, hitting like a Kung Fu kick. The percussion is simple but wholly effective, with trappy hi-hats and a good healthy dose of snare to round it all up nicely. I don’t really have much more to say about this Juan, besides that it is my clear favourite from the EP, and that the second drop is definitely spicier than Juan’s signature burrito.