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Song You Need: Objekt returns to the dancehall on “Bad Apples”

The German producer doesn’t disappoint with his first new music in four years.

July 14, 2022
Song You Need: Objekt returns to the dancehall on “Bad Apples” Objekt. Photo by Kasia Zacharko  

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As far as Objekt has an outlet for his most capital-D Dance tracks, his eponymous singles series is that. The German producer doesn’t shy away from body-high rhythms and sweat-inducing moments on his more experimental albums, but the Objekt singles feel like tractor beams in the arc of his musical development, bringing him back to the source.

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“Bad Apples” is one of two new Objekt songs, his first new music since the 2018 album Cocoon Crush, released on “Objekt #5.” The new composition is a loving exploration of dancehall in the 21st century, a vital sonic movement that counts artists like The Bug, GAIKA, and Bambi as contributors. The riddim’s tone is one of unrelenting menace with lots of beautiful and intriguing flourishes: holodeck-worthy electronics swish and gurgle across the song approximating an alien learning to vocalize before everything cuts out; then, the bubbling bass guitar becomes a full-on butt rock blast fit for any mid-’90s action movie trailer.

By the time the synths begin their unrelenting series of anxious sparks, “Bad Apples” is close to verbalizing what’s been clear from the jump: this song is a live wire, and approaching it without care could leave you burned.

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Song You Need: Objekt returns to the dancehall on “Bad Apples”