5/7/13

Pegboard Nerds & Tristam - Razor Sharp [Review]


Pegboard Nerds; Tristam - Razor Sharp (Original Mix) - Single
Release Date: 2013-05-01
Label(s): Monstercat
Genre(s): Glitch Hop
For Fans of: Knife Party, Splitbreed, Dallask, 

Track List
1. Razor Sharp (4:41)

Some electronic music labels boast an impressive lineup. You read off the names and can instantly associate the acts with incredible tracks. Monstercat is one such label. Their acts have included Krewella, Au5, Splitbreed, Stereotronique, and Solero to name a few. The focus here, though, is the combined efforts of Pegboard Nerds and Tristam. The Nerds are one of the more accomplished acts in the electro house/glitch hop scene having already dished out several tracks in the past few months. Such tunes were instant jam anthems notably with "We are One," "Close Encounter," "Self Destruct," and "20K." When Pegboard announced a few weeks ago that they were working on a new track with fellow labelmate, Tristam, I was excited. Would it be another kick-pounding anthem Pegboard could add to their already stellar set list? And would the collaboration with accomplished Tristam blow the lid off the track? 

Razor Sharp is indeed a heavy-hitter and a rousing crowd-pleaser for fans of electro hop and its bastard child, glitch hop. The song starts with an obligatory drum-fused build with plenty of hints to the coming drop. Some string and strong melodic synths break up the pattern before segueing into the song's heart. Right before the penultimate moment, a children's choir pipes in with a high-pitched "ra-zor sharp!" before spilling into glitchy moombahton madness. The track then intertwines its drop with a repeat of the build and pre-drop chorus. It was a bit surprising the song did not drop "harder," or at least more often, but it does the genre admirably. The inclusion of Tristam, no doubt, keeps the song more on the melodic/progressive edge than a harder glitch listeners are used to with Pegboard. Regardless, it is still a top track worth listening to.

Grade: B+

Razor Sharp is available for digital download on Beatport.

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