レイドロイド (Raydroid) – PARALLELS DRIVE

レイドロイド (Raydroid)

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.

Remember when we talked about Raydroid on our Chika Radar? It was February, they had just been starting releasing short song previews and I was waiting for an album from them. Well, my prayers have been answered and we got PARALLELS DRIVE.

Kawaii future basswhich 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.


CHIKA RADAR #13: レイドロイド (Raydroid)

Chika Radar #13: レイドロイド (Raydroid)
レイドロイド (Raydroid) are idols from the future and their music is futuristic too; while they haven’t released anything yet, it’s a unit we’ll keep an eye on.
Apparently we got some idols from the future, more precisely from year 20XX. Well, yeah, not that precise, but that’s not the point. Anyway, let’s get to know レイドロイド (Raydroid).

Coming from an era where idols are still kawaii but in a more futuristic way, Raydroid haven’t released any MV or single yet, at least in this age; which is a pity, since I’d like to check out their so-called kawaii future pop. But no worries! We got samples of some of their songs, which at least allows us to realize what kind of music they make.


Let’s start with “ハピタブルゾーン” (Habitable Zone/Happy-table Zone — not sure), which keeps its word: future, kawaii and pop are indeed the best terms to describe their music. Glitched, catchy and upbeat would work fine too.


The next song is “リーインカーネーション” (Reincarnation), which is less glitchy than the previous one, but still lots of fun; for some reason, I love those bubbly sounds in the background.


Is that a guitar solo? Sure, why not? Somehow it fits well with the futuristic catchiness of “パラレルドライブ” (Parallel Drive), although it has a more present-day feel. I’m starting to doubt their 20XX thing, but let’s say we believe them.


While the other songs went faster than a spaceship, “レンアイロジック” (Renai Logic) goes a bit slower; that powerful kick drum and bass line combo, though… You can feel them pumping in your chest.


Aside from these short samples, you can find some live clips on Raydroid‘s Twitter account. Even if they haven’t released anything for us poor westerners, they are actually quite active with their live shows, as they’ll hold their second one man live at the end of July and have just held a concert with Boy Meets Haru. Let’s hope we get an album soon.