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Gunslinger: Breaking Through

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Track review of "Looking At You"

Through the clever minds of DJs Anthem and Vidal, this electronica outing indeed meshes the old and the new as touted via the marketing push. With the customary pumping electric bass lines, blitzing synth patterns, and multicolored noise-shaping endeavors, the artists blend traditional house party metrics with an enterprising, rock-heavy sound. Complemented by pop-rock vocals, offbeat interludes, and dabs of space-rock, the program also features melodic electronics treatments. Think of the Pet Shop Boys on powerful steroids, for example. Sure enough, the DJs fuse a stylistic potpourri that is rather subliminally directed toward a multi-genre baseline.

"Looking at You" features a pounding drums and bass groove and sports a retro vibe although the soft vocals equalize the zesty force field. It's an irresistible pulse topped off with thrusting percussion and nicely placed echo that adds depth. Otherwise, the duo's diversity cannot be undermined as they toss in some celestial synth voicings and an aesthetic that mimics tremolo guitar lines to round out a piece that sparks remembrances of the early techno club scene. However, their chic sound-sculpting maneuvers and judicious use of technology, induces a layered approach that lends itself well to dance, and the listen-ability factor.

Track Listing:

Personnel: Anthem: mixes, electronics; Vidal: mixes, electronics.

Title: Breaking Through | Year Released: 2013 | Record Label: Self Produced

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