Artekk - “Sleep and Rise Again”
Review by Saya Mochizuki & Staff
“Sleep and Rise Again” is a euphoric electronic dance track with a futuristic aura. Inspired by vast genres from Rave 90s and D&B to Hip-Hop and Punk, ARTEKK’s vision as a producer is one to remember.
Built around a simple plucked synth pattern, the pulsing “club bass” and up-tempo backbeat come in at the perfect timing, adding momentum that any listener would crave. The bright, snappy sounds of the electronic percussion and each intense buildup are reminiscent of 2000s dance-pop in some ways, but the vocal melody and the song’s form take a far less conventional approach.
Schulz’s vocals are crisp and sound like a breath of fresh air—not drawing too much attention away from the high-energy atmosphere created by the production, but contributing its purpose as another instrument; showcasing a flowing melody that contrasts the rhythmic instrumentals and adding a softer texture. Subtle choir-like vocal chops are sprinkled in where the lead vocal drops out, and the outro, adding an eerie sound. Instead of predictably ending with an “epic drop”, the arrangement takes a mellow turn, each synth and drum part dropping out one by one, and we are left with the plucked synth which began the song, ambient pads, and soft vocal chops.
Matching the dark undertone of the track, Schulz’ lyrics echo of loneliness and introspection: “each night we sleep, only to rise again”
Evoking the feeling of nostalgia yet also a yearning for the future, ARTEKK’s “Sleep and Rise Again” flawlessly pulls from contrasting styles. It creates a beautiful electronic piece with an arrangement that lives and breathes instead of trying to fit a mold.
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About Artekk The modern era of music has given way to enigmas and artists of all shapes and forms who break the norm of what we have come to expect as far as what an artist truly is. ARTEKK is one such artist that epitomizes the essence of the modern era. A multi-talented producer from Leipzig, Germany. ARTEKK is making music that is driven by a desire to motivate, inspire, comfort and spread love and joy to all those that hear it. Born Robert Schulz, ARTEKK has a vast array of musical influences however he accredits the pivotal influences and inspiration in his life to genres such as Rave 90‘s, Hip Hop, Punk, Jazz, Tekk and D&B. In the 90’s he was drummer and also played guitar in 2 Punk Bands.
This all culminates in ARTEKK producing a musical experience that is enjoyable, easy going and fun, infused with positive energy to allow for an immersive experience that brings feelings of elation and happiness. For more information about Artekk, please visit his website.