After months of hype, The Frederik makes his explosive debut with the “Heavy Crownage EP,” a five-track release that promises a dark and exciting take on electro house. The Frederik, the new alias from Danish electro mastermind Frederik Olufsen, offers up his own authentic sound in this impressive outing off of Pilot Records. We previously did an exclusive Advance Review of the Heavy Crownage EP (link). Now, with the official release, we’re going to take a listen to each individual track on the EP. Our final verdict is that this is one of the most unique, refreshing releases so far this year. Let’s take a look.
Heavy Crownage[audio http://www.youredm.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/01-Heavy-Crownage-Original-Mix.mp3]
This track is the perfect lead-off for the release. Featuring a rumbling, low-end bassline and some hauntingly-atmospheric synth chords, Heavy Crownage sets the tone for the EP. A heavy, understated progression guides the main groove, while some melodic breakdowns serve as perfect pauses in the action before The Frederik throws us back into the fray. This song serves as a great preview of what’s to come.
The Evil Version[audio http://www.youredm.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/02-The-Evil-Version-Original-Mix.mp3]
The second track has an appropriate name, as The Frederik crafts a particularly dark progression here. He uses a glitchy bassline to drive the track, along with some thick synth chords and some forceful leads. All in all, this is a solid electro track with a funky edge. The Frederik builds on the entire track throughout, resulting in one of the more surprising entries on the release.
Face Milk[audio http://www.youredm.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/03-Face-Milk-Original-Mix.mp3]
The third entry is the grooviest track on the album. Featuring some funky tribal toms and one mean progression, Face Milk builds up to an incredible drop with an incredibly massive bass. Using some eerie leads, thick claps, and the ever-present bassline, the track drives onward–up to a hauntingly-melodic breakdown featuring some innovative synth work. The resulting atmosphere is ominous yet high-energy, and makes the entire experience. Face Milk is the most unique track on the EP, and not one to miss.
Furry Coat[audio http://www.youredm.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/04-Furry-Coat-Original-Mix.mp3]
The fourth track, Furry Coat, is one of the most floor-friendly tracks on the album. The Frederik uses a deep, low-end bassline to perfectly set the groove, with glitch effects and auxiliary synth work adding to the mixture. Yet again, the artist builds up to a massive breakdown with rising leads and a sick filter sweep. Furry Coat is a powerhouse track, and has one of the steadier grooves on the album. Props to The Frederik for blending some disco house elements in with this solid electro house entry.
Stutter Gun (F**k Loud and Make Noise)[audio http://www.youredm.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/05-Stutter-Gun-Fuck-Loud-And-Make-Noise-Original-Mix.mp3]
The final track on the EP continues the trend of solid grooves and monumental basslines, and Stutter Gun (F**k Loud and Make Noise) does not disappoint. A distorted bass, gigantic synth chords, some serious high-end leads all set the tone for this bombshell. Frederik provides another momentous breakdown that pauses the action for a bit, before launching right back into the madness. This is one seriously gritty track, and the perfect way to close out the release.
The Frederik has truly crafted an extraordinary release in Heavy Crownage EP. In a genre like electro house, where so much has already been accomplished, it’s nice to know there is still plenty of room for creativity and originality. This EP is a breath of fresh air, and is one of the first highlight releases of 2013. Pick up your copy today.
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