Los Angeles-based Chuck Daggers continues to produce pertinent material amidst devastating social and political strife. While host DJ at the United Against Hate March in his hometown, the sight of protesters voicing a hard stance against Donald Trump’s inauguration proved influential to him. The resulting effort came in the form of a single, “Murder Inc.,” which, despite the extreme nature of its title, still holds a cathartic resonance among listeners.
Right off the bat, “Murder Inc.” is full of carefully integrated hooks. While primarily set on a trap foundation, the song combines a crunk-esque lead melody with a modern EDM skeleton. Its bass-heavy body of both subdued and outright synth warps does much to complement the percussion, especially when punctuated by tense, siren-like wails. The buildup, which leans toward both the halfway point and the latter section of the song, is decent too, by way of implementing experimental mutations of sampled voices. More subtly implemented, though, is the presence of a crowd that enhances this showcase of characteristics. Even in times of impulsive, ruthless, and downright senseless chaos, Daggers hopes to keep listeners united, and dancing all the same.
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