HateLog. In the meantime he has dropped his double-sided single, containing the songs – “Hear My Voice” ft. Enlia and “You Are The Reason I Am”. Electronic dance music has long vacillated between teenage kicks and grown-up aspirations: Way back in the early 90s, the U.K.’s out-of-control rave scene sparked a backlash in the form of “intelligent techno” and “electronic listening music,” with concept albums being substituted for 12-inches, and true-school techno heads attempting to wrest rave’s legacy from the happy-hardcore punters.
Today those divides are still with us: Much of the debate over the merits of the current EDM boom comes down to disagreements between seasoned clubbers in search of techno gravitas and greenhorn ravers happy just to roll around in the grass.
Even within the strobe-lit corners of the scene, there are signs that some up-and-coming producers want to do more than just coast from drop to drop – As is the case with HateLog whose songs are all about the ‘M’ in ‘EDM.’”
It’s meant to be provocative, of course — to highlight the supposed deficiency of actual musicality in dance music. But what musician doesn’t profess to be all about the music? And HateLog talents are admirable. He knows his way around a chord change, and he’s a formidable tweaker of Progressive House tropes, with vertiginous crescendos and epic drops.
He also prefers intricately crafted counterpoints and dulcet top lines, and he has a similarly mischievous sense of contrast. Not to mention his ethereal, heart-in-the-mouth melodies.
The most impressive thing about these songs is the fact that each song has such distinct and adventurous characteristics to it. Take for example the song “Hear My Voice”. This collaboration with the singer Enlia is absolutely gorgeous, and the most sensational thing about it is right when you expect to drop into a complextro pattern, it becomes a beautiful choral piece with slight electro undertones.
The other surprise is obviously “You Are The Reason I Am” a collaboration with Lofthill Music. This song really shows HateLog’s versatility by attempting a plucky, future bass song. Breathing new life into a style that has really become overdone and generic, HateLog reinvigorates it with a moving and beautiful take on a style that recently became predictable.
This also has a great melody and vocals. Hatelog does correctly what a lot of other producers have done wrong on their music lately. He proves his creativity through the ability to bring something fresh to every song, but at the same time he stays simple and smooth, letting the ‘M’ in EDM do the talking!