At first I kind of cringed when I first heard the name Run-DMT. It’s got hints of that kind of hipster irreverence many artists of today have for artists that paved the way. Modern namesakes are now usually just clever play on words rather than a sign of respect to a previous generation.
Whatever Run-DMT’s intention was when the Austin-based artist named himself (RUN-DMC is not listed as an artist he likes on his Facebook page), he has developed quite a name on his own. With remixes for big name EDM artists like Major Lazer under his belt, a slot on the Van’s Warped Tour and a self titled EP ready to be released, it’s hard to argue otherwise.
Run-DMT is earning it. A first listen to his new EP reveals a raw talent for making beats that fit in well with the EDM Scene. The EP has the cohesiveness of an album, a la the Beatnuts’ “Intoxicated Demons” EP of 1993 (90s hip hop is listed as an influence). Brief skits and interludes, along with some song mixing help blend the big bass boom tracks of the record together.
Run-DMT’s EP displays the producer’s ability to make beats that vary in scope and genre, going from hard style techno sounds to more harmonic electronic music. He knows how to take today’s modern sounds and bring them together, creating a record that’s shocking, fast, and over almost as quick as it started.
Because of its intricate diversity it leaves a desire for more. That’s a unique feat for a modern EDM release longer than two tracks because usually it’s just more of the same.
The self-titled Run-DMT EP is out July 22nd via 4th Wall/Ingrooves/Fontana Records.