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Live Review: Horowitz's 'Hype The Funk' lives up to its name

16 July 2019 | 11:44 am | Parry Tritsiniotis

Horowitz first 2019 release, 'Hype the Funk' is another dance floor stomper adding to the breadth of his already heavily inspired techno discography.

HOROWITZ is a staple in Aussie techno. Whether its releases on Motorik and Unknown Records or backing from a large array of international dance music talent from Tiga, Maceo Plex and Carl Craig, the bubbling aura of Horowitz is growing. His first offering of 2019, 'Hype the Funk', proves that the hype is justified. The release is another dance floor stomper, adding to the breadth of his already heavily inspired techno discography.

The track transforms and moves as it progresses, and is hard to define by specific genre. An intense sonic experience, the track is bound together by a pitched up vocal sample. The passion in the sample combined with heavy breakbeat drums sets the backbone for the intense concoction of sounds the track is. Its rolling rhythm drives it into second gear, where a wobbly acid bass line replaces the vocal sample, set to create nightclub chaos. The track's final form is a combination of all these elements, creating rhythmic chaos, in the absolute best way possible.

On the track, Horowitz wears his influences on his sleeve. Inspired by the likes of The ProdigyKiwi, Red Axes & Simple Symmetry,  he embraces their ability to create undeniable dance music, while not being confined by any one genre. 'Hype the Funk' is an undeniable intense sonic experience. Inspired by traditional rave, Horowitz comments on the menacing nature of the track saying "I've always been influenced by the heavier side of music, growing up listening to guys like The Prodigy. I managed to catch them in Melbourne only a few weeks before Keith Flint's tragic passing. 'Hype The Funk' was hugely influenced by Keith and the rave music The Prodigy championed’

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Horowitz's ear-to-the-ground futuristic method of dance music on 'Hype the Funk' is what allows him to continue to be a pioneer in Australian electronic dance music. It's that nature that allows 'Hype The Funk' to live up to its name.

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