Today on the HARD Summer Artist Spotlight is French vunderkind Benoit Heitz, aka Surkin. I could say a bunch of fancy words trying to describe just how great Surkin’s music is, but I think YouTube commenter nazyligger4 sums it up very nicely and articulately: “all of surkins work is flawless fuckin victory, the world needs to know about this dude.” Thanks for your insight nazyligger4!
It’s hard for me to pinpoint what I like most about his productions because they really are flawless. Beautifully crafted drums and dreamy synths make up much of his music, but the core of Surkin lies in his vocal treatment. Something about the placement, EQ, and perfect meshing with the backing track make his vocals incredibly memorable. In his remix of Drop The Lime’s “Bandit Blues,” the simple repeated lyric adds a whole new feeling and boom to the breakdown while the repeated ‘aah’ in the intro serves as a more heavy, juxtaposed texture than a vocal.
Regardless of what kind of music you’re into, it’s hard not to dance to a Surkin track, espeically the Frenchest ones. Catch him on the HARDER stage Friday.