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DJ trio Cheat Codes has finally released their long awaited EP, ‘Level 1,’ comprising of three singles and three new tracks that have an excellent variety of complementary sounds. Formed in 2014, Trevor Dahl, KEVI, and Matthew Russell have been recognized by some of electronic music’s biggest names, producing multiple songs with DJ group DVBBS and touring with The Chainsmokers.
Let’s take a look at their pre-EP release singles:
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I Love It featuring superstars DVBBS is the party anthem of the EP. The lyrics describe how much love the singer has for partying, and the smoother drop is perfect for a song to throw on while driving around.
Balenciaga has a harder hitting sound, balanced with a pop-esque build up. The catchy vocals are abruptly cut off by a piercing drop that would get even the most subdued dancefloors going.
NSFW is just what it claims to be, not for work. In contrast to Balenciaga, NSFW doesn’t tease the listener with any lighthearted sounds, and comes out of the gate with a heavy and deep bassline. It has much more of a club feel than the rest of the EP, and one can imagine it being easily worked into any DJ’s set.
The new releases on the EP add a dose of hip-hop to the heavy electronic sound present in the above three singles.
Activate and The Concept boasts a big room sound with rap lyrics overlayed. This song is ideal for an arena crowd, with a wave of a drop that breaks over the listener and makes you want to jump and fist pump in a more traditional EDM manner.
Boing Boing featuring The Seige is a classic trap banger, with heavy rap lyrics synergistically energizing the song with a slow but hard build up followed by an intense drop that dabbles in dubstep.
Cheat Codes came out swinging with this EP, and the variety of styles present showcases their impressive ability to put out quality music of all different types. Check out their tour dates here if you want to see them drop some hard beats live.
I am currently a Student at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, and will graduate in 2019 with a major in Psychology clustered in Neuroscience, and a minor in Business Administration. I intend on moving into the music industry after college and eventually getting into talent management, A&R, or event management. No matter what I choose to do, I strive to be a part of pushing industry innovation further than ever before.