Bad Royale’s debut EP explodes across genres
Publicly, Bad Royale describe themselves as “three producers and an idiot travelling through space & time fighting evil with lazers.” This self-appraisal, while hilariously hyperbolic, accurately describes the musical progression of their debut EP, Move Like. Multi-dimensional and wildly aggressive, Bad Royale move between genres like the time-travelers they claim to be.
“Move Like (feat. Richie Loop)” and “Alarm (feat Bunji Garlin & Marq Pierre” incorporate elements of jungle terror, dancehall, and jersey club, while “Pop (feat. Dominique Young Unique),” “One Puff,” and “Superman (feat. Richie Loop)” provide frenetic, yet tropical twists on trap.
Move Like is an appropriate Mad Decent release: ragga and rap vocals are omnipresent, and all of the songs exude a hyperactive, tropical psychosis. The abrasive rhythm and sinister synths of “Pop” and cacophonous composition of “One Puff” echo stylistic traits of Jack Ü — so it’s no wonder that Diplo has taken notice.
Given the twists and turns of this EP, it’s hard to track the musical trajectory of Bad Royale, but we can definitely expect big things to come.
Available for download via Mad Decent’s Toneden.