I stumbled upon this release on the advice of Macspider, as well as one of their previous hits, Serotonin. Not to be confused with the homonymous K-pop boy band, the Dutch power-duo NCT is bringing it on with a banger after another.
They were out on Liquicity, and now both on Hospital and Viper, which just published this single today. What can I say? I love me a cup of good liquid DnB, and Give In/Away From Here seems to have it all. Give In is a perfect balance of aggressiveness and fluidity, thanks to the heavy bass and light snare (maybe even too much so). The leads lead you on uncertain paths among the wide landscapes their pads create, with some perilous encounters along the way, some moments where we find ourselves gritting our teeth, but it’s the only way we can reach such beautiful views! The classic square plucks mix perfectly with the punch of the kick and the attack of the snare, creating an interesting rhythmic pattern during the hard times; RAIGN’s deep voice is our faithful guide, she always brings us out of trouble with life lessons and encouraging advice, eventually making us overcome all obstacles. We are again on the road admiring the scenery, eyes on our goal. Away From Here is the coronation of our journey: uplifting melodies, comforting harmonies that remind us of home in this new place we discovered, and an intro with heavenly choirs stolen from the shoegaze world (just like Serotonin). The ambiance is wider than ever and the leads are gentle, though there is something like a distorted guitar too in the mix. The drums here are more prominent and heavier and we can feel all the energy we spent coming here brought back to us till the last drop!
In the end it’s a very nice b-side! The music is easy, the melodies and harmonies are enjoyable if not exactly unheard before, and the rhythmic base is fluid and functional; my only note is not artistic: I got the feeling that the tracks were a little too compressed, I guess at the mastering stage; I would have loved a little more dynamic range.
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