Joker: Dubstep Road Warrior

Son Raw is draped in mauve. Motorbikes? Check. Angry robots set to buzzsaw synths? Check. The color purple? Check. Sci-fi apocalypticism and funky futurism? Double check. Joker’s latest video...
By    October 12, 2012


Son Raw is draped in mauve.

Motorbikes? Check. Angry robots set to buzzsaw synths? Check. The color purple? Check. Sci-fi apocalypticism and funky futurism? Double check. Joker’s latest video meets all of the basic aesthetic requirements for a Mad Max reboot while keeping true to the Bristolian’s own analog-powered vision of life after a GOP victory. While last year’s The Vision didn’t exactly light critics’ hearts a flutter, his particular style of melodic Dubstep remains a singular light within the movement, particularly now that lesser producers have moved on to tech-house retreads or warmed-over 808 workouts. Old Era may not significantly upgrade his style, but it’s a club-tested and headphone-approved reminder that despite some unfortunate nomenclature “wonky” and “purple” were ideas abandoned too soon by a generation that too-quickly embraced the EDM mainstream’s standardized formats. Funk never goes out of style.

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