NGHTMRE and SLANDER’s Gud Vibrations is leaning on RIOT for their latest release, “Herbivore.”
Announcing itself through thunderous chords that ring out atop a slick broken beat and smooth vocalizations, RIOT’s new single may seem innocuous at first glance—but first impressions can sometimes be deceiving. The true tone quickly makes itself known as skittering drumlines and mind-altering acid licks are quickly added into the equation. But the real mayhem ensues once the rallying cry vocal comes into play, “Imma break shit // let the fucking beat rip.” Screeching synths relentlessly ground-and-pound while walls of low-end come smattering from above with vocal cues weaved cleverly between the thicket of bass.
Although the new offering may give off an apex predator-type vibe plucked straight from the Mesozoic era, ironically, RIOT has channelled some personal revelations in their lifestyle that came to light following deep introspection during the quarantine.
“This release means a lot to us,” says RIOT. “This was the first track that we created and finished during the time in quarantine. This has been a time of reflection and recreating the process that drove us to love making music in the first place. We have made changes in our personal lives, and as RIOT, and we can’t wait to reunite with fans once it’s safe to play shows again, but until then we hope you enjoy!”
If this new single is any indication, it appears as though this reformed outlook is already paying dividends. RIOT has been enjoying a meteoric rise of late, with a prolific discog that has seen them place genre-defying cuts for a laundry list of labels from the likes of Kannibalen, Play Me, Dim Mak and many more. Last year, they took their uncompromising sound to Monstercat to drop their debut artist album, ‘Dogma Resistance,’ a concept-fueled 10-track project. RIOT’s rapid ascent is only going to become more vertical once the world sinks their teeth into “Herbivore.”