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Review: Danger ‘July 2013’

Franck Rivoire’s musical alias Danger has been shrouded in mystery ever since the French producer dropped his debut EP ‘09/14/2007‘ in 2007. Since then the producer has released two follow-up EPs, ‘09/16 2007′ & ‘09/17 2007′, both, again, titled as dates which were released in 2009 and 2010 respectively.

Even stranger, apart from the fact there’s a man from Lyon who makes electro, wears a gas mask and has white orbs for eyes – are the names of his tracks which are all given cryptic titles like ‘3.16‘ or for today’s EP ‘1.30‘.

As you might have twigged, today marks the release of the producer’s fourth EP which has been named ‘July 2013‘, oddly enough. It consists of 4 brand-new tracks, and is also the first release on Riviore’s newly formed label 1789 Records.

Now, Danger’s sound has always been at the bleeding-edge of electro, but over the years his sound has matured and gained cinematic qualities to work alongside his ghostly appearance.

The EP’s opening track ‘1:09‘ is basically Danger meets Tron, and that’s no bad thing – but for those of you who are looking for a club banger you might be a little miffed. Everyone else, though, will love it.

The EP’s second track ‘1:13‘ is a heavily orchestrated piece of cinematic electro with all the trimmings. Easily one the producer’s finest tracks to date.

‘1:30’ is arguably the EP’s swansong. Part electro symphony, part Zimmer epic, Rivoire paints a tapestry of acrid synths and snarling basslines every bit as compelling as his masked persona.

‘1:42’ follows a similar path to what has come before it as you start to get a real sense that the whole EP was written for a film or animation that only real exists in Rivoire’s mind.

HBF Rating 5/5

Out now.