Review: Chilled Alaskan DJ – Battlelines

Review: Chilled Alaskan DJ – Battlelines

By / Album / Monday, 05 October 2020 08:20

Cape Town-based Chilled Alaskan DJ will have you dancing to the end of the world with his latest Album Battlelines.

Listen to/Buy/Stream Battlelines below!

Having started as a psychedelic punk guitarist for late 90s outfit Onoxshis, Chilled Alaskan DJ aka David van Rensburg then ventured out into the wild world of EDM where he developed a sound that’s a combination of guitar riffs, techno beats, and organic textures.

Battlelines, the DJ’s first release in 8 years, is filled with a bitter irony which is tangible from the jump as 'Freakshow' brings the absurdity of American politics into the spotlight and closes with the refrain “apocalyptic sociopaths, they make me really happy.”

'Midnight' has a sinister, chaotic energy that becomes more dystopian as the song goes on, at times hinting at a revolution that gets stopped in its tracks. The aforementioned revolution comes into its own on 'Mirror murder mother' as the palpable tension in the first half of the song - which feels a lot like the socio-political tensions we’re in the grips of now – descends into inevitable chaos driven by machine guns and police sirens.

'The end of the universe' brings the Album to a sentimental, almost nostalgic close. With a softer, more lyrical quality that its predecessors the song is a reminder that life is fragile and temporary, and that our politics are, at the end of the day, completely pointless on a cosmic level.

Battlelines is an Album that matches the never-ending chaos of this stage in humanity’s history. Chilled Alaskan DJ’s unpredictable songwriting and arrangements mirror the unpredictability of our daily lives while also making poignant statements about the current global state of affairs.




Daniel Luckhoff-wessels

Daniel Luckhoff-wessels

Daniel is a freelance script-editor and actor, but his real passion is music. He is always on the lookout for new up and coming bands that have a sound that's unique to them. The more interesting the music is, the better. You can find Daniel on the following social media platforms: TwitterInstagram & Wrequiemmusic.

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