Designer Drugs – HARDCORE/SOFTCORE (Review) Posted by: Nate in Electronic

I don’t typically review albums, but I got an email about Designer Drugs‘ new album HARDCORE/SOFTCORE and I was randomly quoted in it talking about their single Through The Prism and since I’ve covered Designer Drugs so much here with their Datamixes I wanted to write a few words about it.

The opening track in an album is probably one of the most important decisions to make because it’s generally the first song someone listens to and quickly forms an impression of the rest from that moment on. The first track on the album happens to be a new one called Dead Meat which overwhelmingly defines their sound to a tee. The one track that felt strangely out of place, however, was Purgatory. It’s only a minute long, so I guess it’s more filler than anything, but it literally feels like something straight out of the Tron Legacy soundtrack and just doesn’t fit with the rest of the album.

Three tracks on the album have already been released (Riot, Drop Down, and Through The Prism) so as far as new material goes, Face Melter is hands down my favorite track on the release. If you’ve been following Designer Drugs for any amount of time you’d know they’ve been playing this track for well over 6 months and driving people crazy not releasing it until now. Speaking of crazy, Crazy For You is also another one of my favorite tracks off the album. It reminds me of their earlier remix work (especially their Mariah Carey remix) that delivered a solid beat with perfectly arranged vocals. I just can’t get enough of a good vocal hook.

Overall the album features 13 tracks, which as the title suggests, range anywhere from hardcore to softcore. Their Datamixes have already done a good job of reacher a broader base of fans all over the world, but I think the album is going to be a huge success for them in bringing even more people into their unique sound.

1. Dead Meat
2. Through The Prism
3. Drop Down
4. Leather Gang
5. For All We Know
6. Follow Me
7. Riot
8. Face Melter
9. Dead Meat (Interlude)
10. Crazy For You

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11. The Terror
12. Purgatory
13. Into The Light

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  • paul February 22, 2011 at 11:49 am

    the album is sick! buy it! cant stop listening to it

  • Callie February 22, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    LOVE everything designer drugs touches! Seeing them in Hollywood on Friday!! Sooo fucking stoked!!

  • Drew February 22, 2011 at 1:08 pm



  • Patrick February 22, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    is purgatory actually Funeral March? anyways this album is super dope

  • Andy S February 22, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Not into face melter at all. Just doesnt go anywhere. just pounding bass and screeching synths. blah.

  • anta February 22, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    crazy for you is pretty much the same as their thieves like us – your heart feels remix (which is way better than crazy for you)

  • Fuzzhead February 22, 2011 at 11:31 pm


    I’m glad you mention the Mariah Carey remix, I’ve always really liked that one though it seems I wouldn’t normally like something so cheesy. “Crazy For You” is reminiscent of that, and good, too.

    And wow. “Dead Meat”. They played that when I saw them live MONTHS ago, and I’ve been going crazy trying to figure out what song it was. Now I know. Good stuff!

  • Khristopher Ranger February 23, 2011 at 6:40 am

    I’m trying to find Datamix #1,2 and 4. They’re not on your site here.

  • Khristopher Ranger February 23, 2011 at 7:10 am

    Nevermind. I found em via google.

  • Evan February 23, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Dead Meat, Crazy For You, and Into The Light are the only really good tracks on this album. Everything else is totally ho-hum or just plain bad. Leather Gang is especially awful.

    DD usually does pretty good remix work but their originals are so hit-or-miss. I remember being totally blown away when Sex Up My Brain came out and the effort just doesn’t seem to be there anymore.

  • deeeeeeesigna February 23, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Man I agree with Evan for the most part. However, although Face Melter is not an AMAZING album track, that shit goes OFFFFFF at a club. I just feel like there wasn’t an enormous amount of effort put into these songs… like they just made 100 different songs and picked the best 13 of the bunch but never really fine-tuned or buttered them up from there. Don’t get me wrong, I love Designer Drugs and support their efforts, but I feel like it’s a lackluster album. And where was the promotion for it? They signed to Ultra months ago but I barely saw any hype on the album… I dunno. Designer Drugs are a talented duo I just wish they put more passion into it… they’re good but they could be FIRE if they just.. well… put more fire into it.

  • Sam Urai February 24, 2011 at 2:28 am

    This is my first time hearing Crazy for You. I love Designer Drugs but I guess I do a shitty job of keeping up with their stuff. Anyway, fucking sick. I’m so excited to see them in San Francisco (May 11th). If anyone who is reading this is going to be there, hit me up!

  • IGGZ February 26, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Pretty bad album in my opinion. What ever happened to DD when they did remixes for IAMX, Freezepop, Flou, Annie, and Treasure Fingers? That sound was seriously solid. This is just.. noise with no musical aesthetic. My opinion of course, but yeah, not liking this album at all.

  • Lil Lo February 27, 2011 at 11:09 am

    so does anyone know what happened to fly by night then? that song was the bestttt…

  • Laura March 14, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    fly by night is a cerebral vortex song, he’s a rapper signed to their “sex cult” record label

  • afx March 20, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    anyone know if this is available on cd?

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