Claude VonStroke has just unveiled the official video to accompany his new release, “Mahraja,” a track equally unorthodox as its visual counterpart.
Initially debuted on his live album, recorded at VonStroke’s headlining set at Movement festival in May, the intergalactic-styled track draws from Detroit’s own classic electro breakbeat fervor, with VonStroke’s offbeat jive rippling throughout.
The hypnagogic video is equal parts inspired by the surreal absurdism of Salvador Dali, the New York B-boy dance stylings and fashion of the ’80s film Beat Street, and the quixotic luminescence of Tron. Set, of course, in a desolate warehouse, a group of hip-hop dancers’ limbs melt and contort as they move about the space. Futuristic, Tron-like beams of light swirl and form grids along the dilapidated walls, while a series of outlandish objects, including giant golden eggs (a Dirtybird nod) and elephant statues allow the video the oddity and nonsensicalness of a bizarre dream.
Up and coming producer, Haus of Panda, has just recently remixed Slatin’s popular track, Breakbeat, and really has come at us with super-heavy bass vibes. HOP has had a ton of original tracks and remixes come out this year and last year, and they’re always super original, with the main binding ingredient being a heavy
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While this isn’t his first production, this is undoubtedly his most successful and forward-thinking to date. Blending breakbeat with modern bass styles, it’s hard to think of any other track that comes close to this in terms of similarity without immediately jumping to actual bands like The Prodigy.
It’s hard to see how this track would fit neatly into a DJ set, and maybe that’s what’s so appealing about it. It’s not made for club rotation, it’s just good fucking music. Check it out.