Will Carnage’s new monitor change home music endlessly? No.
Earlier this week slaughter tweeted about his upcoming house track, “KTM,” which was released today on Ultra Records, claiming it would “change house music forever.” EDM Twitter had the same energy as KSHMR and called his album “maybe one of the best electronic albums of all time”. The immediate response from EDM Twitter was skepticism.
Every label wanted to sign it … but nobody knew it was me … I’m not going to put out the names of the people out there … BUT EVERY … damn label … wanted this song … this song will change house music forever …
– CARNAGE (@djcarnage) February 21, 2021
Carnage has been known to release a different type of music than the festival trap it was originally known for. He got into psytrance, hardstyle and a lot more, so panning to the house wasn’t as shocking as one might expect. However, it was the sheer bravery and ego in his tweet that likely rubbed people the wrong way.
I got the promo for the song in my inbox two days ago and immediately said, “Oh, it’s THAT song.” Turns out I heard it in May 2019 when a friend showed me and just completely forgot about it. When I heard it again, it reminded me that I had heavily criticized the track almost two years ago, but I wanted to go into it with a fresh mind – maybe it had been changed or updated, or maybe my tastes had changed.
They didn’t do it.
“KTM” is a very simple house song that repeats ad nauseam “ketamine, cocaine, amphetamines” and is supposed to be “the next Losing It” according to at least one person on Twitter. The beat is standard, the synthesizers are standard, the lyrics are just controversial enough to avoid criticism of “promoting drug culture” and still refer to them repeatedly.
In a quote from his publicist, Carnage says: “There is no question that ‘KTM’ is the only track that defines exactly who I am as an artist at this very moment. This song was created after years of self-discovery through music and the openness to new ways of life and inspiration. This is the beginning of the new you. “
The song kicks off his new house project Gordo, named after one of the nicknames he and his fans have adopted for him, Papi Gordo.
To answer the question, will Carnage’s new song “change house music forever”? No, definitely not. To be clear, it’s not a terrible song, but it’s by no means the revelation he’s claimed. If nothing else, Carnage is damn good at marketing his own music, and at least he got everyone to talk about it.
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