‘Thunder’ by Yellow Claw & The Opposites is a Rap-Rave track. The original mix deserves some attention in a mention before the remix review. Its melody has a gorgeous, daring decline down the scales. However, fans of the Harder styles might find a flaw. The Hard kick lacks some substance and sparkles, so it gets a bit dull towards the end due to the lack of interesting layers. Nonetheless, it has an inspirational fusion of genres, and provides a great base for the Hardcore artists to build on in the remix. Have a listen to the original below, and keep reading for a review and preview of the remix.
If E-Life was the short way of saying Evil Life, he and Evil Activities would have matching names. Evil Activities produces melodious, uplifting Hardcore pieces. Though he is fearless when it comes to including vocals, they are hardly ever out-of-place and annoying in his tracks. This style is evident in ‘Broken‘, ‘It’s OK‘, and ‘Point of No Return‘. E-Life’s releases are mostly made in collaboration with other Hardcore producers. For instance, E-Life and Tha Playah collaborated for the Harmony of Hardcore 2013 anthem.
In the remix, Evil Activities and E-Life add some much needed grey clouds to complete the sinister flow. The introduction has an organ-like sound underlying the muffled, synthesised version of the melody. It is similar to the operation or utilisation of a Hardcore kick, which is probably why it foreshadows the intensity that lies ahead. After this point, Evil Activities and E-Life’s variation of the chorus is much more mechanical, burned, and rusty. This industrial sound serves as a complementary backdrop to the original melody. To add another genre into the mix, there are parts of the track that slow down to give off a Dubstep vibe. Finally, the chords are played clearly, and level-up to a screech in the end.
It’s interesting to note that Hard Dance adds an excellent edge to Hip-Hop, Trap, and Dubstep. The fusion of Hard Dance and Hip-Hop subcultures was noted in the original music video, where the rapper rapped against the backdrop of a rave and monster trucks. Yet, much of the mainstream Hip-Hop artists have yet to embrace this controversial combination in production. It’s revolutionary. Yet, the amount of time it will take to overturn what is heard by most, and transcend into a more acknowledged existence, remains a mystery.