When I first read about Berlin duo Rooftop Runners and their combined influenced of indie rock and dubstep, I was prepared for the worst. Truth be told, I fucking hate dubstep. All of the wub wub wub just grates on my every nerve. But I can honestly tell you that I was pleasantly surprised by We Are Here. It shows songwriting and production discipline unheard of in a new act.
The first three tracks of this four song EP are pretty solid. There are enough electronic elements added in to give everything a very unique feel yet there isn’t so much that the sound comes across as cold. There’s no denying that this music is fun, original and vibrant. And the wub wub wub that I mentioned? Well, it’s present here but I find that it’s well suited to the songs that Rooftop Runners have written. I’m inclined to think that they wrote thoughtful, sincere music first and added the wubs later to enhance what they’d done. Well played.
The EP really shines when you get to the fourth track, “Streets”. I can say with zero exaggeration that it’s one of the best songs I’ve ever heard. I’ve already listened to it a hundred times and I’m still not tired of it. The vocals are superb. The production is dark and moody. The guitar lines are a work of subtle genius. If there’s to be a new golden age of music, Rooftop Runners will be a part of it.
Jeff Higgins is the founder of Groove Sandwich. If he can figure out Ableton Live, he'll have conquered the world.