J:Dead - Tearing Me Apart (feat. Teknovore)
Jay Taylor, known for his work in Tactical Sekt, Tyske Ludder, and Harmjoy, has spent the majority of his career performing throughout the world. His signature aggressive style has brought joy to many and, in the past year or so, he has found his own project named J:dead. In similar fashion, former Preemptive Strike 0.1 and Croona member George Klontzas founded his own solo project Teknovore in 2020 to explore a variety of dark electronic genres. These two skilled electronic musicians have thus collided in a brand new collaborative single titled ‘Tearing Me Apart’. If a punchy, techno-y dancefloor song is what you’re in the mood for, than these two gentlemen have you covered.
‘Tearing Me Apart’ begins with a siren’s call before an electronic line breaks through. Around the fifteen second mark a techno bassline rips through the current that got me in a fighting mood. J:dead then chimes in with his vocals that cusp screaming. It’s an angry and emotive performance before I am thrust into the chorus. Backed by a dance synth and with J:dead transforming his chords from angry to something more suited for a synthpop song, it keeps the song fresh and enjoyable. Plenty of surprises await as well, as various electronic samples come out to play throughout the four-minute and five-second duration.
Two remixes come attached to the single from both Ruined Conflict and Technolorgy. I am not fond of Ruined Conflict’s contribution; the original track is this wonderful, techno-based dark dance song that had me bobbing my head on each listen. This remix waters that harsh presence down into what sounds like a cheaper dark electro beat. The second remix from Technolorgy, however, is one that I can get down with. The project utilizes not as rapid a beat, but one that matches the pulsing bassline that kept the original so addictive. I feel as if Technolorgy also formed the remix around J:dead’s vocals which is always a great choice.
While I’m not sure if J:dead and Teknovore will collaborate again, it’d be a shame if they didn’t. The two make a powerful team and the crisp production on the EP is phenomenal (not that I would expect anything less). To say the very least, if you haven’t had the chance to listen to this yet, make it a priority. 7.5 out of 10!
This review was commissioned through our Ko-fi page.Nov 15 2021
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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