Article by Mitchell Buchanan
If there’s one thing that can be said about London-born producer Rednek, it’s that he’s dedicated… In every possible way. Whether it’s dedication to thousands of loyal fans, dedication to his “dubstep rockstar” lifestyle, or dedication to absolute sonic perfection, there’s no denying that Rednek isn’t one to let something slip by him. After a year of producing and touring, one would think a new album would feature only the newest and hottest tracks – but Rednek’s first full-length, released on June 18, includes some of the earliest fan favourites mixed in with his incredible new material. Rednek’s career has grown exponentially over the past year, and that’s in part thanks to his 19+ years of producing and performing music. But it’s also thanks to an ever-growing fan base – something he recognizes and actively appreciates. “One Year Later” isn’t really about Rednek at all; it’s about the fans. And that’s why this 12-track collection combines the old with the new – showcasing what we can expect in the future, but always remembering to include the tracks and experiences that got Rednek to where he is today. Full of his signature grimy, distorted synths, stuttering triplet-to-eighth-note transitions, and rapid-fire laser blasts, “One Year Later” is a solid collection of tracks that prove Rednek has found a definitive sound and he’s sticking with it. It’s bold, but it’s an honourable statement to make.
However, I’m certainly not saying every track sounds the same – in fact, “One Year Later” boasts an impressive variety of sound and styles across the 12 different tunes. Take one listen to the string-infused opener “Electric Saturday” and you’ll be blown away by its driving 4/4 rhythmic blasts. But just a few tracks later, we’re hit with triplet-based rock’n’roll mayhem from the bass-driven sounds of “Rockstar,” featuring the vocal stylings of Junior Brat. Move down closer to the end of the album, and FDOT1 takes over the mic while Rednek mixes things up with a blistering synth melody. There’s no doubt each track is pure Rednek, but there’s also no denying the astounding array of individuality displayed between each one.
Rednek’s full-length has been over a year in the making. Starting his dubstep career off with the controversial “I’m Not Skrillex” and only moving upwards from there (although I’ve got to say it’s still a classic), Rednek has taken the “dubstep rockstar” status seriously but humbly – wild tours, explosive collaborations, and controversial bangers only make up one side of this talented producer. The other side is the guy who recorded a thank-you message a few months back and posted it on Soundcloud for the world to hear. Rednek has never forgotten those who helped him through his first year as a producer, and he has always taken the time to remember that it’s the fans who dictate success or failure. Luckily for Rednek, his music has been an international success – and he always makes sure his audience knows exactly how much he appreciates their support; you’d be hard-pressed to find a more interactive and consistently grateful live performer!
If you feel like supporting Rednek some more, check out his full-length album “One Year Later” on Soundcloud or Beatport, and buy a copy once you realize you’re in love with it. We certainly are – and we can’t wait for new Rednek bangers in the future. “One-And-A-Half Years Later,” anyone?
Official Music Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5W4ggcLWdaU&feature=youtu.be