We at Crunchy Creationz were given the opportunity to hear and review LabRat’s Strange Nights EP before the highly anticipated drop date (June 11th, 2013). But, before we share our thoughts with you, lets give you a little background information on LabRat himself:
“24-year-old, Santa Cruz-based dubstep artist Travis Egner Williams produces melodically infused dance floor bangers under the persona LabRat. He exploded onto the EDM scene in 2010 with his bootleg of The XX track Crystalized which was featured on many top YouTube channels around the world. Word spread quickly about LabRat’s unique drops and synths. In 2011 he was picked up by GruntWorthy Music where he released his debut EP “Test Subject”, receiving much critical praise. Working off the release hype LabRat had a great 2012 rocking the Emission Festival and other underground festivals in and around the San Francisco Bay Area featuring his face slaying bass. Online, LabRat’s popularity has gone viral. Hundreds of new fans join the base each month. He is regularly featured on top blogs such as The Untz, Earmilk.com Dubstep.net and TheDubstepChannel.” (Facebook fan page)
Now to our review of the Strange Nights EP! One of the biggest things we notice about artists these days is that they get stuck on a certain sound, always making songs of the same style and sound with very little versatility within the track itself. This EP however has got a nice variety of styles not only within the EP but also within each individual track. LabRat’s – Strange Nights EP has a little something for everyone to get down to. There’s a track for those of you who love the more laid back feel, with a nice, recognizable melody. There’s a track for those of you who prefer more of an intense, ready to rage type feel (Crunchy Creationz). There’s a track that you could totally hear playing on the court of a street basketball game, and also a track that makes you wonder why they haven’t been playing it in the clubs yet. LabRat went ahead and provided you with an assortment of styles for which ever mood/style you’re feeling at the time, while maintaining that LabRat BASS vibe your accustomed too. The production quality of each track is phenomenal, and the EP as a whole surpasses the hype by a long shot. MAKE SURE YOU CHECK OUT THE EP! Crunchy Creationz is grateful to be given this opportunity and we hope everyone out there enjoys the EP as much as we did!
Christian Bauhofer, known by his fans as his party crushing alter ego Minnesota, is a producer and DJ heralding from Santa Cruz, CA that has been lighting up venues across the country with his frantic energy and pounding bass. At 23 years old, Minnesota has recently spent his time touring with acts such as Big Gigantic and Paper Diamond while artists like Bassnectar and PANTyRAID have been incorporating his tracks into their sets. “Quickly becoming a staple in my sets,” commented Bassnectar when discussing the use of Minnesota’s track “Push It”. “Perfect for when I need a track that is epic and churning but also melodically hyped.”
Minnesota’s goal seems simple; to release diverse productions that can win over any crowd. The support of his management team, agency, and some of the world’s greatest artists can only attribute to his hunger for more time spent on the road and in the studio. To those that haven’t had the opportunity to see Minnesota perform, just wait until his tour rolls out this summer. To put it lightly, Minnesota is a name to watch. For Minnesota, the future is bright as he spends his time producing new tracks and finds himself playing more events than ever. If you haven’t heard about him until now, know that Minnesota is a name to watch.
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about usCrunchy Creationz is an Iowa based group of music enthusiasts that are dedicated to bringing the Midwest the freshest tunes, news, and shows as possible. With a majority of our focus in Iowa City, we're striving to grow the music scene and help the University of Iowa maintain their title as the #1 Party School in America by bringing in as many talented EDM producers and bands as possible.
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