Album cover DROKK: Music inspired by Mega-City One - Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury
DROKK: Music inspired by Mega-City OneGeoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury4/10

Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury - DROKK: Music inspired by Mega-City One

12 Feb 2013 row1

This album is a bit old now, but a recent and disappointing viewing of Dredd (staring fellow Kiwi actor Karl Urban) and then Judge Dredd (Stallone) reminded me of my intentions to write about my disappointments with this album.

For those wondering about the reference to the Jude Dredd films, Mega-City One is a city in the Judge Dredd Universe. The pair of Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury were involved during the very early stages of Dredd, but that didn't work out. So, I guess this could be considered an unofficial or alternative soundtrack to the 2012 film. But, having also recently re-watched Blade Runner, it could also be considered a reworking of that soundtrack—infact 'Lawmaster/Pursuit' and 'Helmet Theme' sound more than close enough to be inspired by 'Blade Runner End Theme'.

My main problem with this album is that I was expecting something a bit more "modern day retro" and exciting, something exactly like the amazing 'Dark City Lights' or 'Russia with Love' from Barrow's Quakers project. Without some memorable scenes to picture, most of the tracks are really just short pieces of ambient music without context and without meaning that could be used in any dystopian or 80's sci-fi reboot flick. I am sure there is an audience out there who likes to imagine their own story, but for the asking price of ₤8.99 there wasn't anything here interesting or unique enough to conjure any amazing images that would justify the price.

Sardless Tracks

  • Helmet Theme
  • End Them

Track Listing

  1. Lawmaster/Pursuit
  2. Helmet Theme
  3. Titan Bound
  4. 301-305
  5. Justice One
  6. Scope the Block
  7. Exhale
  8. Council of Five
  9. Puerto Luminae
  10. Miami Gunman
  11. Eagle
  12. Clone Gunman
  13. Inhale
  14. Iso Hymn
  15. 2T[fru]T
  16. Dome Horizon
  17. The Men Who Never Learned
  18. End Them
  19. Helmet Theme [Reprise]