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CD REVIEW: Sub Militia - SOUNDCLOUD Lounge

by: Cyrus Rhodes

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"A Wild Ride"

- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST-

 

 

 

Artist: SUB MILTIA

CD: SOUNDCLOUD Lounge

Label: Synth City Records

Website: https://soundcloud.com/submilitia

Genre: Tecno, Chill Out, Dub, Electroic Dance, Electronica, Industrial  

Sounds Like:  Alesso, Axwell, Steve Angello, Calvin Harris, Avivil

Technical Grade: 9/10

Production/Musicianship Grade: 9/10
Commercial Value: 8/10
Overall Talent Level: 9/10
Songwriting Skills: 9/10
Performance Skill: 10/10
Best Songs: Trap it Up, Drop Bass Not Bombs, Hustlin’

Weakness: Busy Production, Lack of Melody (Voice or Notes) Overly bright Mix

 

MUSIC REVIEW:


SUB MILITIA is HACKR (Kalani Hackintosh), FUTR3 (Aaron Shier) & BR8KR (Travis Weathers). Formed in 2012 this band of musician's / Producer DJ's is based jointly out of Las Vegas, NV and Los Angeles, CA colectively. The band recently released their new explosive single "Hustlin" featuring A-Plus of Hieroglyphics, Myka 9 of Freestyle Fellowship, and the mighty Hawaiian Lyon of Dubstep Kings and Mr. Green All Stars. The track was mixed by Dave Aron ( legendary engineer of Snoop Dogg, Sublime, 2Pac, Death Row Records, etc. ) Be on the lookout for the full length SUB MILITIA album set to release in 2014. Today I visited their SOUNDCLUD page to get a snapshot of what these 3 are capable of. The songs I listened to are as follows;

 

Steppin Razor Trap (Teaser)

Hustlin (Featuring Myka 9, Hawaiian Lyon, A Plus)

Away From me

Drop Bass Not Bombs

Trap It Up

 

The first track “Steppin Razor Trap (Teaser)” sets the stage rather appropriately for this catalogue of music. This prelude piece methodically builds and explodes in your ears quite like a lemon would explode in your mouth. It has pulsating rhythms, against hard hitting moog bass against a grand mosaic of exotic vocal soundscapes and melody. Track 2 entitled “Hustlin (Featuring Myka 9, Hawaiian Lyon, A Plus) serves up a steady bass driven vibe against pulsating melody, marketable vocals, vocal layering and rap flow that can be described as captivating, mesmerizing and 100% infectious. Track 3 “Away From Me” evolves into a kaleidoscope of sound with everything from rocked out guitar, to pulsating keyboard and synthesizer accents, and exotic vocal auto-tuned layers of sound that come at you from all directions. As I listen to all 5 tracks provided I can hear many different musical textures reminiscent of classic West Coast Electronica-Erotica meshed with the better touches of dub out/ chill type musical textures with perhaps a splash of Industrial. Musicla comparables are: Alesso, Axwell, Steve Angello, Calvin Harris, and Avivil. The music is extremely melodic but definitely brings to the table a lot of musical variety and a high degree of unpredictability. You never really know what waiting for you around the next corner on this page. It crosses so many musical boundaries and offers everything from electronica, ambient jazz, rock, to chill-dub out, to even rap to chaotic trance, and classic electro-industrial. It definitely offers a lot of musical variety, and is listening experience that is highly original. Engineering aspects - CD delivers the goods with serious bottom end punch and crystal clear high end clarity. These 3 (HACKR (Kalani Hackintosh), FUTR3 (Aaron Shier) & BR8KR (Travis Weathers) also bring to the table a wide range of instrumentation and experience. You will notice rich musical textures overflowing everywhere - from sizzling guitar pyrotechnics, driving electronic drums and percussive grooves to exotic vocal layering, sweeping moogs, pulsating bass meshed with brilliant synthesizers and keyboard accents. Some tracks will whip you around like a wild tornado, or give you a good thrashing like an Electronic Bull. The tehcho overdubbing strokes are packed to the hilt and is chopped full of exotic soundscapes that lunge at you from every direction. There's not a dull moment on the entire production. The melodic layering is deep, the low end grooves are infectious, and the music is highly hypnotic and from another galaxy. From flowing “Drop Bass Not Bombs” to hypnotic “Trap it Up” these 5 tracks pretty much has something for just about everyone.

 

Sometimes it's the notes you don't play that make you the composer you are. At the end of the day these songs are one of the busiest productions I've ever heard. If these guys were interior decorator they may elect to stick a painting on every square inch of the wall. Sometimes a blank wall is appropriate, not requiring a panting. Yes that in itself is a statement. To go with this comment - I wish their was more  musical peak and valley, and more popish melodies to go in the valleys. Many songs lack sweet melody overall  (voice or notes) The mix is a bit overly bright like a BOLD FONT IN YOUR FACE. These bright mixes are designed to maximize radio marketability  - mainly because we can’t seem to adjust the volume knobs for ourselves - so I guess they did it for me right? Thanks but no thanks.  However much of the aforementioned comes with the territory within the genre so most of it gets a hall pass from me.

 

From start to finish these marquee 5 tracks on the SUB MALITIA SOUNDCLOUD page deliver the goods and is  one of the most diverse musical experiences I’ve ever encountered this year - within this genre. It’s extremely consistent, original, fresh and very melodic. It’s strength - its amazing originality, rich sonic layering, and unique musical personality these 3 lads deliver. I give these 3 (HACKR (Kalani Hackintosh), FUTR3 (Aaron Shier) & BR8KR (Travis Weathers) a lot of credit for pushing the envelope and  boldly trying to reach the world with his unique musical signature. Make no bones about these 3 are very talented composers. When the wild ride is over you will be dazzled by its originality, overwhelmed by its mystery, and mesmerized by it’s amazing diversity. 

 

Cyrus Rhodes