While I was browsing the internet looking for new Dubstep artists, I stumbled upon R/D. I listened to a few songs and soon found myself falling into a calming trance of beautiful melodies, vivacious drums, and smooth overtones that would calm a crying baby. When I woke from this trance I felt refreshed, with a new perspective on what was possible for Dubstep. I have always been an avid listener of hardcore Dub like Excision and Datsik, but R/D have opened my eyes and ears!
The first song I heard was “Snow Poem“. This tune caught me right away with the opening line, “Snow poem,” spoken by what sounds like a child, but who knows with today's technology. Either way, I was forced to stick around and listen to the rest of the song, and I am very glad that I did so. At the beginning there is no drums or bass, just a calming Synth overtone. Then the bass, and 808 drums drums slowly make their presence known. There is no build up to the drop, just a smooth transition into easy, high pitched wub wubs. I can only describe the bridge in one way. Imagine laying down in the middle of a forest with that has just been doused with a coating of the lightest snow you have ever felt. All you hear are birds chirping, and the occasional movement of a branch. Then the wub wubs surprise you, like a wood pecker chipping away at bark. I do not know if that is what R/D was going for, but that is what this song felt like to me.
If you read through all of that then I thank you. Some other songs by R/D that I highly suggest giving a listen to if you cannot get enough Dubtstep while awake and need it while sleeping too are, “Shine(R/D remix),” “Cloud Pound,” “Moon Vault,” and “Mystified.”
There is a dream that we continually chase in the music world. That dream is that one day we will reach the horizon where a sound is so perfect and so beautiful, that all of mankind will come together in harmony, to enjoy a single melody. R/D has pushed forward unto the horizon where this melody will one day be enjoyed by all.
Check out R/D's website below! R/D is the epitome of Chillstep, and my rating is definitely a 9/10. Until next time!