PrototypeRaptor – Drive Hard
A lively start to The House Blend collection, Drive Hard has a habit of jumping into your head and refusing to leave — speaking from experience.
Drive Hard is of a slightly lesser-seen breed of Electro House: upbeat. Each of PrototypeRaptor’s tracks is imbued with emotion. Whether it be the subtle and solemn nodes of [In Memoriam] or the outright harshness of River Styx, the songs on his albums each portray a distinct emotional tendency, almost as if they were a group of people. Drive Hard seems to portray a really good time, plain and simple. Within the few seconds after the chorus hits around 1:20, you’ve got that just-heard-something-awesome smirk on your face. It makes you excited to hear what you’re hearing. It’s almost unexpected the way the song drops into that hook, even though you know it’s coming; the filter opens up steadily, letting more and more of the music reach your ears. The drumline gets a little more complex. The white noise stirs up a tension. Then you hear a vocal sample– a classic way to turn around and break the seriousness just before the yeah hits the fan and the brunt of the song shows up. Drive Hard brings along the same attitude and edge that Electro House tracks are known for, but utilizes it in such a positive fashion. It just sounds fun.
PrototypeRaptor is a relatively new, apparently unsigned Electronic artist with a flare for Electro- and Progressive-House. His work is primarily sold on Bandcamp, as well as released via Soundcloud, and he claims to be preparing to sign to multiple labels. Eight of his tracks were released on the Album, Penultimate, although most of the others seem to have been released as standalone songs, and can be a bit difficult to find. A little digging is worth your weather, though. YouTube is your friend. =D
PrototypeRaptor is definitely worth checking out if you’re a fan of the more Electronic side of House. The synth voices in this particular track of his are reminiscent of acts like Overwerk (I just recently discovered), Porter Robinson (another fast-riser) and Mord Fustang (one of my personal favorites), so if you like this guy, there’s more where he came from. Drive Hard is a fantastic track in heart and soul as well as production quality, especially coming from such a new artist. This one gets my thumbs pointin’ skyward.