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Sinjin Hawke and MikeQ’s ‘Thunderscan’ Mines ’90s Rave Graphics for Potent Futurism

Undulating ballroom anthem is the latest in Hawke's 'Fractal Fantasy' series

The dream of the ’90s is alive in “ThunderScan,” the latest video in Sinjin Hawke’s Fractal Fantasy series. Framed by the strobe-lit ribcage of an eerily dehumanized architectural space, a throbbing blob of mercury pulsates like a rave flyer come to life. But if the visuals bring to mind the low-bitrate CGI of early ’90s classics like this one, the music is anything but retro. A collaboration between Hawke and Qween Beat Productions’ MikeQ, certified badass of the New York/New Jersey ballroom scene, “Thunderscan” is ruthlessly futuristic, with plastified and pitch-shifted vocals bleating beatifically against gargantuan horn stabs, skittering hi-hats, and glassy digital synths, all twisting like an Escherian staircase of builds and drops and neck-snapping switchbacks.

It’s just the latest ass-shaking brain-bender from the Barcelona-based Hawke, whose remix of Chicago ghetto-house vet DJ Funk’s “Three Fine Hoes” was No. 12 in SPIN’s 50 Best Dance Tracks of 2013.