By: Anand Harsh
All hail the "Comeback Kid." One of the most versatile (and truly irreverent) artists to ride the wave of electronic music's resurgence half a decade ago was French duo Mustard Pimp. Signed to Steve Aoki's Dim Mak label, and working with artists like Skrillex and Dirtyphonics gave the wildly inventive act credence for its stew of metal, hip-hop, and blaring bass.
Fast forward five years, and Charles Baron is bringing the Pimp back. On the solo tip, but lacking neither in aggression or anarchy, "Renegade" is the sonic equivalent of kicking the door in Ahnold-style. He's back, baby.
Taking shots at the big room and hardstyle trends in electro, "Renegade" demonstrates that the production technique and hard-hitting edge that made Mustard Pimp such a jaw-dropper the first time around hasn't ceased in the slightest. Loud, fast, and tough-as-nails, this cut has the makings of a go-to summer slammer.
And the remixes. Holy smokes. RUN DMT takes this heart-pounding track, and injects it with even more adrenaline, pumping up the BPMs and dropping the hammer for a crushing set of drops. Equally intense is the drum and bass reworking from SPL. Samuel Pool spins an addictive D&B line that descends into a merciless drumstep break, throwing the neck-snapping halftime switcheroo at grinning fans. Newcomer Interferon closes out the package with a techy take that spreads the source material finely over a head-bobbing beat.
Take cover, the "Renegade" of the dance music scene is back for action.
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