Not wasting time after releasing their latest collaboration Rise & Fall with Adventure Club, Chicago’s vocal dubstep trio Krewella is back with their first ever EP, Play Hard, and what a monster it is. Six breathtaking tracks from all spectrums and sides of EDM, ranging from dubstep and electro to progressive and even moombahton. Made up of two sisters, Jahan and Yasmine, and producer/DJ Rainman, Krewella has been hugely successful online with their own signature brand of vocal, dubstep-infused electronica. Despite such success, the group didn’t want to just stick to the same style. “People like to put us in a box, but we just like good music….if it’s between 100BPM to 170BPM we’ll figure out a way to make it work and have a good time with it,” Rainman says. “We just make the music that we love.”
Play Hard’s title track is a hard-hitting electro house banger with Krewella’s signature wobbles and bass rolling over beautiful vocals. Killin’ It (official video below) is a vocal infused war-zone, a very “in your face,” rage out track. Can’t Control Myself is a light-hearted, vocal moombahton song with a surprisingly heavy drop–you’ll definitely hear shades of Dillon Francis here. Alive is a definite change up of style for the group, a soft progressive house anthem similar to All I Ask of You by Skrillex. One Minute is probably the closest to “old school” Krewella on the album, a massive rollercoaster ride of a track. Beautiful lyrics push this song towards an obliterating dubstep drop, creating a serious “Oh Sh*t!” moment. The group wraps up the EP in spectacular style with Feel Me, a filthy, nasty, fireball of a track that sounds like a prettier version of Knife Party.