LOCKDOWN – “Badlands”


The third single from Dallas-based act LOCKDOWN, “Badlands” consumes with its dynamic electronic prowess — spanning from pounding rhythmic intensity to lushly introspective immersion. A buzzing bass lingers throughout alongside a range of eclectic synth tones, making for a climactic allure throughout. LOCKDOWN also caught our attention in January, with standout single “Vengeance.”

Clanging synths and whirring effects craft a palpable momentum to begin, sounding like the accompaniment to a futuristic city at night. Steady percussive pulses and buzzing synth ferocity intertwine thereafter alongside spoken-word intrigue, expanding into a more bursting tonal prowess at the one-minute mark. The mid-point enamors as well, with a trickling and hypnotic effect taking hold into the more eruptive ardency into the second half. “Badlands” is a commanding electronic showcase from LOCKDOWN.

This and other tracks can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Electronic’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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