“Self Predator”– FREE Album
Savoy, known for their hard electronica sound and insane lights show, has recently released their latest album Self Predator for FREE. Savoy has also recently launched into another Get Lazer’d Tour to promote the new album and they have been selling out show after show. What’s amazing is how fast these DJs became an EDM household name. Though they’ve been around since 2008, they’ve really made their mark in the last two years. As they posted to Facebook recently:
The reason for this quick celebrity is two-fold: their awesome music and their amazing light show. They have fittingly named their tour “Get Lazer’d” after the insane amount of lasers they have at their performances. Here is a video from their performance at Red Rocks (arguably the best venue in the country):
You should also check out the tour preview before diving into the album, just so you have a better idea of how intense these lasers really are:
You can listen to the full album (see below) through their Soundcloud. On their Soundcloud page you can download each song individually or you can easily download the whole album for FREE at once here.
If you’re into hard electronic sounds, this latest album from Savoy is where it’s at. The title Self Predator suits the entire album, which could easily be the soundtrack to a crazy outer space Jurassic Park video game. The album is dark and full of energy throughout, killing it at every turn (no pun intended).
The intro track is a great way to get started up and get your heart racing. When you’re a predator, there is not time to rest, you’re always on edge, and this track starts you off exactly with that sentiment. It’s short and to the point: let’s wake the fuck up.
“Mind Over Matter” and “Five Stars” have hard down beats that utilize machine-like or metallic sounds to create a sense of forward movement, even urgency. In both tracks about half way there is a pregnant pause that keeps you on edge, waiting for that hard pulse. The songs bring to mind the stylings of The Glitch Mob and Kavinsky.
“Bizzy” is more in the category of trap music and has quick emphasis on the upbeat, particularly in the intro to the song, creates an exciting syncopation. The song then drops into a heavier dubstep style and then brings it around into blending the two in a very fluid and complimentary manner. I really enjoy the relief half way through with highnotes that I find more characteristic of jamtronica than dubstep or trap, but again it is blended so well that it seems natural.
“Cata” with LoBounce is more in the category of brostep and has to be something you’re in the mood for. Some people really hate on the brostep, but I think a large amount of the fan base, to be realistic, are the college bros (there is a hilarious video Savoy recently posted to their Facebook page poking fun at this in the style of MTV Cribs). The song is tucked away nicely in the middle of the album and fits the bill in relation to the other songs.
“Perfect World” launches off with what sounds like a crowd cheering and, going with this apocalyptic, dark, and violent nature calls to mind the cheering of a crowd around Gladiators. The crowd does no cease throughout the track, which calls to mind an incessant mob but could also be spun in a more positive way to reflect the constant hunger Savoy’s fan’s have for more– more music, more lights, harder beats, faster tempo.
“Queen” is a really nice relief to the intensity of the previous tracks. The nu-disco style, particularly at the beginning, gives it an airy sense of fun. It does stick to the harder roots that Self Predator commands throughout, weaving in and out with moments of intensity (particularly at at around 3 minutes when you hear a kind of heavy metal scream) and moments of lighter disco. Later, “R&R” will be similar in relief and disco style while still keeping with its harder roots. “R&R” is a better length too and seems more full.
“I’m in Need” is what I would consider the album’s club track. The track keeps the hard dubstep influence that we know and love about Savoy, while giving some Miami clubbers that sounds they need to get down.
“Back to Life” is another awesome Glitch Mob/Kavinsky-esq track similar in style to “Mind Over Matter” and “Five Star.” The guitar sound also calls to mind a little of Gramatik. Overall, this is one of my favorite tracks for staccato beat. Definitely felt like it was too short, almost as if Savoy didn’t quite know how to end it so they just faded it out.
“UGH” is probably the best title for a track. Ever. It has a nice long built that culminates around 2:20 and stays hard for the rest of the song. It’s the kind of song that you hear when you’re at a show and you start looking crazed and turn to your friends, groaning, “UGH THIS IS AMAZINGGGG!”
“Prey for New York.” That title, it’s just so catchy! I think this track is probably the most popular (or well known) on the whole album, particularly because of its hard, staccato sound that keeps you moving fast and forward, almost in a drum’n’bass kind of way. I also think the recipe for success is to have a song in your repertoire with the word “New York” in it, so it was smart of them to get on the bandwagon! The track also has a great sequence of flow, in that it subtly builds up and wanes down.
“Nothing Stays the Same” with Lobounce is in a great position right after “Prey.” It’s smooth, sexy, and full. The sensual beats, the soft drum line, they synthesizer sounds, make this song perfect for the bedroom (or a great 70s porno).
Suddenly, you’re sitting in your room (or wherever) in awe because you just can’t believe it’s over. I was especially shocked at the softness that “Self Predator” ended on. Listening to the last track again because I just don’t want the album to be done, I now find the beats full of sadness (I’m not kidding, listen again and you’ll find melancholy tones for sure).
Depressed that the adventure is over like I am? Check out their tour dates and maybe you’ll get lazr’d LIVE! Also, check out their Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) and learn more about the band!