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Charleston-based DJ/producer (and Horrific Eats food blogger) Chris Morris aka Rocky Horror has been slaying audiences with his beats for years, and now, he's about to get even bigger and badder with the release of his first full-length album 'Mayday.'
The Mayday LP features a total of ten songs. The songs are completely original, from the bottom up, and can be best described as heavy electro house. I'm going with the word heavy here because you can't ignore the dark, deep synths and devilish lyrical drops that you'll find in songs like "Death March" "Heist" and "The Drums of War." The title track, "Panic" slips in some moombathon-like beats as well as some samples that are very reminiscent of Major Lazer's smash hit "Pon De Floor." This track sets the tone of the album with a strong build up and then lets loose on you in true Rocky Horror fashion - quick, heavy bass and plenty of intense build-ups that'll have you anxious for the drop.
In addition to his original tracks, Rocky Horror brought some friends aboard to accompany him on "Acrophobia" "Good Luck Charm" and "Dream Space." "Acrophobia" features Charleston, SC's own local hip hop sensation, Righchus. Rocky Horror and Righchus' team-up was the last thing anyone would expect, but the two of them together is a club lover's dream. On "Good Luck Charm" Rachel Kate Gillion of Charleston's The Local Honeys lends her haunting, jazzy voice and croons over a mix of both fast-paced electro and super slow chimes. The album's closer, and most left-field track "Dream Space" is a collaboration between indie-rocker and Charleston native (formerly of The Working Title, now flying solo on Shrimp Records) Joel T. Hamilton. A piano driven beginning weaves its way into an incredible climax with Hamilton wailing over clashing drum beats. If you were blindfolded, you'd likely guess you were listening to Arcade Fire or The Flaming Lips.
Enough talk, it is time for you to listen up. Mayday was officially released on Tuesday, so hop on over and download your copy from iTunes or Amazon. You can also stream the tracks before you buy on Soundcloud.
Update May 3: It has just been announced that the Tin Roof (1117 Magnolia Road) is the place to be on May 18th for the official CD release party.
You can pick up a physical copy of the album for only $5 and scope out some art by Wolfkid and SHT!. Lest we forget, there shall be live performances by: Rachel Kate, Mechanical River, Rocky Horror and special guest Joycette!
Music starts at 10 p.m. and it's $5 at the door. Sorry kids, this is a 21+ party.