RaR are an EDM duo hailing from Sydney, Australia. They are currently known to the world as Rich and Raymo, with Rich having been involved in the dance music industry for some time, working in venues all around the world, including London. Raymo, until recently, had not been involved with music, but in 2017 they decided to join forces and commit to their great passion for dance music on a full-time basis.
This track, Darkness, featuring the vocal talents of New Zealand soul singer Elizabeth Robinson, is the perfect showcase for their musical synergy and expert production. Essentially, its an ode to the joys of dancing and clubbing, starting with a vocal intro: “I feel so free in the darkness, amongst the lights and smoke…”. Then enters a catchy synth riff which is layered throughout the track.
RaR know how to structure a track for the dancefloor, with the music building up to a climax then exploding into a full beat. The main hook is the euphoric vocal refrain of “Round and round we go”, Elizabeth sounding magnificent at the top of her range. They then take the music back down and build it up once more, an established technique but highly effective. It’s the potent and catchy melodic hooks that make Darkness stand out from the crowd.
Overall, this is a first class piece of EDM, that sounds fresh and current in the musical climate of similar artists like Martin Garrix, Calvin Harris, The Chainsmokers and David Guetta. With more tracks as good as Darkness, RaR will become a force to be reckoned with, and this could well be the single that launches them into the stratosphere.
VERDICT: 8.5 out of 10