As of today, French producer Monsieur Grandin (@mr_grandin) is on my radar. I clicked play on his newly released music video, for a song called “The Hunt”, and I was into it right off the bat. A sinister synth-heavy, drum-and-bass beat bellowed out from my speakers, while I was visually intrigued by a flashing cult-like symbol, as a group of black-caped, mask-wearing men were being lead by a wolf leader, through an open field where an innocent woman sat as a captured victim. Singer Nell Mess hauntingly sings about being a woman whose own power and courage is being stripped away by a monster (“My courage is gone // It jumped in a hole, deep in the forest // My courage is gone // Eaten by a monster, which could never be fed“). There’s a sudden break in the beat that I really enjoy, and it’s when I hear the occasional bold horn blows over marching snares, because it serves as a pivotal point in the video and adds to the buildup of the beat’s story.