Jeremy Olander surprises fans with a second Dhillon EP on Vivrant
Jeremy Olander launched Vivrant in large part for the ability to release music at his convenience, and he’s taken this philosophy in stride. While his first release on the label Taiga came forth surrounded by a fair amount of promotion, his revival of Dhillon as Vivrant’s second output came out of the blue. Intro was met with positive reviews by its listeners, satisfying longtime fans after he had put his alter ego aside for an extended period of time.
Olander has followed in a similar vein to his mentor Eric Prydz for yet another surprise Dhillon EP called The Heist, which he dropped on May 6. He’s revealed three Dhillon tracks which have been staples in his sets for years, now revealed as “Vivrants,” “Bullies,” and “The Heist.” Anyone who’s seen Olander’s introduction video might immediately recognize “Vivrants,” whose deep, powerful bassline guides the clip through rattly percussion and synths lightly placed at key parts throughout to emphasize the track’s grungy feel.
The EP’s eponymous closer is also its most cunning work, trailing along a mysterious path through stuttered rhythms placed on top of a driving kick and accompanied by hints of quasi-melodic notes that add to “The Heist’s” hypnotic nature. Meanwhile, “Bullies” trudges into a dark place using a faster tempo and heavy drum layers that pummel the eardrums and are only lightened a bit through sparse keyboard stabs and a creepy breakdown equipped with distorted speech.
The Heist once again demonstrates Dhillon’s aptitude for techno, and brings a spot of elation to longtime fans waiting for these IDs to finally be made available to the public.