Slighter Announces Upcoming Cyberpunk EP "Welcome to Riot City"
You ride down the twelve-lane highway on your TransLance; a beat-up model from early 2138, but the rusty thing gets the job done. You can hear the motorcycle’s engines revving, gasping for air as does everyone else. You get no respite, neither should it. Hell, if it broke down here and now, it might save you both the trouble of going where you’re about to go. No city like it. No city as damned. But you’ve got business to finish. And that can only be done in Riot City. You pull your Dashdavaa Heavy AutoPistol from its holster; scratched paint job. You’ve been through a lot, and it’s the closest thing to a lover you have. 7 in the Magazine. Two more clips in your pocket. You slide it back in and look up at the towering skyscrapers ahead. “Welcome to Hell,” you mumble to yourself. As if a ghost is behind you, you swear you hear the city whisper back. It says, “Welcome to Riot City.”
We at Brutal Resonance are proud to present our latest collaboration with the crafty and innovative electronic producer Slighter. The already intense cinematic electronic music Slighter has become infamous for gets a tech makeover for his label debut on Brutal Resonance Records. Channeling cutting-edge futuristic elements and cyberpunk attitude, “Welcome to Riot City” is a concept album setting the tone, mood, and general story of Riot City – a location that will be revisited in future Brutal Resonance Records releases. “Welcome to Riot City” is presented in both digital and limited-edition cassette formats. T-shirts, bundles, and a super-limited number of signed copies are available. You can stream / purchase “Welcome to Riot City” below.
“Welcome to Riot City” begins with a trip into the city with the title track. The highway blurs and robotic voices read out the horrifying stats of the city – stats that are in-line with modern day atrocities. ‘Breaking In’ explores corporate espionage, detailing a break-in at a secure facility with an ambiguous ending. ‘ComaDose’ injects the newly introduced and widely popular synthetic drug to the listener. As it crawls into the user’s body, they are introduced to Nirvana. Only the potential to die is high; higher than any street dealer or corp is willing to admit. ‘Firefight On Warrett Street’ follows a news reporter’s coverage on a vicious gang war. As the bullets fly, the reporter remains calm and docile, reflecting the everyday violence within Riot City. Finally, we end with ‘High Tech, High Life’. A glimpse into the ego of the point-one percent; of how they control the city without fear of repercussion. Like a child overviewing a field of ants, they find Riot City as their playground.
“Welcome to Riot City” features a who’s who of talent. Voiceover work by dark electropop producer and all-around multi-media phenomenon Bara Hari (Sam Franco) appears on ‘High Tech, High Life’, while guest voice actor and friend L Bacerra plays Chad Bailey on ‘Firefight on Warrett Street’. Mirroring the album are an additional five remixes coming from synthpop robot-girl Eva X, electro-industrial and cyberpunk juggernaut HOSTILE ARCHITECT, glitchy and breaky artist royb0t, fellow electro-industrial and dystopian veteran Planetdamage, and underground synthwave producer Kizunaut.
Atmospheric, intense, moody and cinematic are just some of the ways people have described the sound of Slighter. Over the past 10 years Colin C. has been fine tuning the future of cutting-edge electronic music from his unique vantage point as Slighter. With collaborations across various Metropolis Records releases, Cleopatra Records compilations, coupled with his own album and single releases through his 'Confusion Inc.' branding, Colin has provided fuel for the counter culture without being pinned down to genres.
Slighter has trickled into the mainstream over the years, with songs and remixes featured on television shows with CBS 'Elementary', FOX 'Lethal Weapon' & 'Bones', Showtime 'House Of Lies', NBC/Universal 'Defiance' & 'Covert Affairs' plus more. Never the less he continues to be an independent force working his way across the music world. Where the line between contemporary and experimental gets crossed, you’ll find Slighter continuing to innovate.
I've been writing for Brutal Resonance since November of 2012 and now serve as the editor-in-chief. I love the dark electronic underground and usually have too much to listen to at once but I love it. I am also an editor at Aggressive Deprivation, a digital/physical magazine since March of 2016. I support the scene as much as I can from my humble laptop.
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