Drawing on elements of dubstep, electro and indie, they channel the gloom of early Portishead or A Certain Ratio to overwhelming effect. Their stock in trade is a wall-of-sound production aesthetic, which blends delicate source material with dark electronics, penetrating trumpet and affected vocals from singer and songwriter Abigail Hardiman.
They approach music-making as a loose collective and their sound talks to other young producers in the area. With close ties to King Krule, Jamie Isaac and electronic producer DJ Mokadem, Haraket are fast becoming a lynchpin of the local music scene.
Their debut single Taint/Attgo showcases their keen ear for contrast and high drama, and has won them radio support from BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music. Pulling in remixes from King Krule and Jamie Isaac for the B side, their throbbing breaks and delicate guitar lines are deconstructed before being put back together for an inventive take on the original.
Haraket are fast building a reputation for their incendiary live shows, attracting bookers, A&Rs and fans from around the capital. And, with the momentum quickly gathering speed, it looks like 2013 could shape up to be their year.