The Bloody Beetroots – Rocksteady
If you know me at all, you’ll probably know that I’m not the biggest fan of The Bloody Beetroots. Though their high energy, eclectic and loose DJ sets seem to impassion many fans which is all well and good, but to me, many of the productions sound messy and the sounds used are grating and unpleasant. Not to mention the over the top rinsing that Warp 1.9 received, which has solidified the hoover in dubstep and electro as one of the most overused and my most loathed sound ever, right up there on the podium next to the dubstep ‘yoy’.
So you can imagine my surprise when just a few weeks ago, Bob Cornelius Rifo drops the new Bloody Beetroots single Rocksteady, a fast paced, energy fueled affair that seems like a golden mix of styles between the energy of their sought after DJ sets, and their slightly less appreciated Death Crew 77 live project, and I’m happy to say that I actually quite enjoyed it.
Featuring the Beetroots trademark organ-like high pitched synths playing a repeated catchy riff, a bassline reminiscent of Wolfgang Gartner’s Illmerica, and some fast and loose vocal synthesis to keep the low-mids interesting, all the while at the tempo and the drum work that you’d expect from a live band, it seems like a combination that I’d be destined to despise, but I just couldn’t.
Rocksteady sounds inspired perhaps by the new Justice album, particularly Audio, Video, Disco. They are a similar speed, both with live elements, but obviously with Rifo’s intense production hallmarks that are so commonly associated with The Beetroots, it’s easy to draw the comparisons.
Dance music videos are notorious for being pretty terrible, usually either generic, just plain bad or a combination of the two. Rocksteady’s video straddles the line between generic and appropriate, but does so in a way befitting The Bloody Beetroots rockstar image.
The first of 2 remix EPs has already recently been released, featuring the talents of techno gurus Mumbai Science, the jack of all trades Dem Slackers and the Italian electro stylings of Gigi Barocco.