Richard Durand Releases Club Ready Trance’s “Reactivate” Album

A Richard Durand album is a rarer object these days and even more welcome for him. From the heady moments of his ‘Always The Sun’ debut, quickly followed by 2012’s ‘Wide Awake’ and ‘Richard Durand Versus The World’ the following year, the Dutchman has taken a more measured approach to the long-running release of the player.

2018’s “The Air We Breathe” ended a six-year interlude, and it’s been four more so far. This is precisely the release of “Reactivate”, his fifth consummate LP, released on January 28. Unlike some contemporaries, Richard did not fundamentally redesign his sound to reflect world events. His consensus was that – even if he had wanted to, something less ground-focused just wouldn’t have been him.

Durand’s propulsive tones have been hard-coded into his productions ever since he made the decision to leave the “In Search Of Sunrise” series. After completing “Reactivate” in early December, its release window fell naturally into the new year and its title speaks volumes about Richard’s hopes for 2022. Speaking about this in the first weeks of January, he said: “The world is no longer where it was twelve months ago and in twelve more months we will no longer be where we are today”. So I decided that instead of looking back, I was going to look forward and to 2022. This is an album that’s ready, ready for when the world order of dance will be given again.

Although unmixed, both in approach and structure, “Reactivate” is probably Richard’s most “music-compilation” LP to date. As such, its early moments are largely devoted to tracks with a song-based bias. Featuring the never less than thoughtful words of Christian Burns, the touching vocal refrains of his latest single, “Almost Home,” open the album. It seamlessly transitions into the harmonically rhythmic space of “It’s Not Too Late”, adding to the album’s first bittersweet feeling.

As with Christian, the album offered Richard the opportunity to re-collaborate with Christina Novelli. Emotionally, “My Guiding Light” generates the uplift, while “Made Of Stone” which follows it – and features singer-songwriter Sarah De Warren – adds lyrical resolution. With the inclusion of his recent debut teaming with HALIENE (on Beatport #1 ‘Give Your Heart A Home’), ‘Reactivate’ needle begins to swing and the album increases its instrumental presence with the ‘Tales Of A Home’. Silhouette’ with an ethereal nature.

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“This, said Richard, is an LP born out of hope. Every clubber has had or will have that moment when belief turns into reality. I had mine at Dreamstate in November 2021. Unlocking some of the tracks on this album there for the first time was about as uplifting and belief-inspiring as last year. It finally allowed me to see, not where we were, but where we are going. The proverbial light at the end of the tunnel, and getting brighter all the time.
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The waves separated by its vocal numbers, the album enters its singularly club-oriented phase. Halfway through, Richard salts that glass with some fresh-out-of-the-box Durand remixes. Signum’s “Beyond This Earth” gets an epic string treatment while D72 & OBM Notion’s “That Girl” vibrates with renewed energy and is awash in pad and chord bliss.
Hardening the stance of ‘Reactivate’ even further and hitting peak-of-set type moments, on his last five runs, Durand makes sure the rubber hits the road hard. ‘Walk With Me’ borders on tech-trance, while the racing beats and 303 thrust of ‘Off The Grid’ add a scathing Psy element to the album. ‘Tree Of Life’ allows for a last glimmer of harmonic emotion, before ‘Ultimate’ and ‘Hexyl’ close it in the most aerodynamic way.

Over its entirety, a tonally positive metaphor for the clubbing road ahead, the ‘Reactivate’ roadmap is released on January 28 and is pre-orderable now via this link (https://blackhole.lnk.to/Reactivate).

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