Perfect for martial arts, Nia’s 2016 compilation “Dragon” uses the unique dragon imagery and Asian influences to take you on a mystical journey.
Morning Birds by Duter embodies the sounds of waking up on a cold spring morning, complete with ambient bird sounds. Kung Fu Cowboys by Desert Dwellers continues the audio journey through Mountain Path by Badmarsh & Shri, both of which take traditional percussion instruments and add their own eastern Asia elements. Drums burst onto the scene with Kodo’s Strobe’s Nanafushi (Satori Mix) where the music becomes much more upbeat. Bang by Badmarsh & Shri adds energetic orchestration. Indian influences can be found in Swarm by the same artist which epitomizes the climactic tempos of the middle of the album. These influences are followed by Kodo’s Intelegente’s Nobi (Kashioki Taiko To Basu Mix) that offers a smoother version of the upbeat electronic sound. The percussion heavy Tribal track speaks directly to its name, offering the listener a fast paced indigenous sound. The Last Mile by Badmarsh & Shri slows down with a light string and wind instrumental piece. The Guzheng solo in Appa calms the mind further, taking the track near the end of it’s exciting martial arts journey. Lotus by Deuter slows to a stop at the end of the journey, offering a moment of tranquility before the last breath of music in the compilation.