Friday, 25 June 2010

Radiant Dragon and D/R/U/G/S

I need to write more, apparently.

Here you go little ones, it probably wasn't good enough for Neu Magazine, but it'll do for you.

When I think of drugs, a few things spring to mind: a pretty cool Raveonettes track, super happy times and really, really bad times.  Or, that’s what I’ve been led to believe at least.  Unfortunately, what didn’t spring to mind was 'Manchester band 'D/R/U/G/S.'   This, however, was not the case for the truly international ‘Radiant Dragon,’ who decided he’d have a crack at remixing one of their songs, ‘Rings Of Truth.’
I think it’s safe to say that ‘Radiant Dragon’ specialises in making chilled out and ambient disco sounds, like maybe a half-asleep ‘Neon Indian,’ but not because it’s not good, but because it’s even more laid back and relaxing.
With his latest remix, he takes it even further.  It starts off threatening to take you off into some sort of trance-y euphoria with its synths and slowly building and muffled bass.  But it resists, and instead takes you on a slow journey through the song, which definitely gets darker as the track progresses.  One thing that I especially like about this track, is how distant the drums sound in the first half of the track, it’s almost as if you can feel it all happening around you as if you are gliding through the music and moving towards new sounds and effects.
The only criticism I would have is that at 5 minutes, it is perhaps a little long and some listeners may lose patience with it since it’s hardly packed full of hooks, but I guess that it’s their loss.

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