Listen to the debut album of レイドロイド (Raydroid) titled “PARALLELS DRIVE”, where future bass and j-pop meet creating the kawaii future pop sound.
Kawaii future bass — which apparently is a thing — may be the perfect way to describe this release: it sounds cute, it has a lot of bass and the group claims to come from the future. The album is indeed very future bass-oriented and combines this genre with very catchy vocal lines and bubblegum-like sounds that paint pastel-colored, futuristic sceneries.
The album is not very long, which is a good thing since the fast and upbeat rhythms almost gave me a headache while writing this review; however, in less than forty minutes, these nine songs manage to show slightly different aspects of Raydroid‘s music, adding some elements here and there. Don’t get me wrong, the album is very coherent style-wise and has little to no surprises, but every now and then you’ll find yourselves noticing that certain passages sound quite interesting.
Take the titletrack for example, which follows its very intense and fast beat just to throw in something vaguely similar to a digital hardcore breakdown when you least expect it and making use of a short guitar solo as well; pitch-shifted vocals, sudden speed ups, 8-bit synths, glitched stuff and syncopated rhythms also appear here and there throughout the tracklist, adding to the futuristic feel in songs such as “Kawaii In the Future” and “Hapitable Zone”.
On the other hand, there are more simple and pop-oriented tracks, made just to sound cute and catchy while keeping the digital aesthetics, like “Renai Logic” and “Kanjou Stream”, both featuring a really nice hook. These relatively quiet tracks help giving your brain some relief, allowing you to fully enjoy the more frantic and hyperactive ones without getting tired of this sound.
The only minor defect of PARALLELS DRIVE regards the vocals, which sometimes feel slightly off or not really expressive; it just happens every now and then and didn’t undermine my enjoyment, but it’s still something the group should and probably will work on in the future. In any case, this release is really recommended to fans of EDM-oriented idols.