Pa’s Lam System Teams Up With Parkgolf For “Doughnut Planet”

As part of Maltine Records recent stay at the new Red Bull Studio Tokyo, the netlabel had a few of the artists orbiting in their space collaborate on new songs. Tomggg and Hercelot were up first with “Greengum,” and now the second day’s participants share their creation. Pa’s Lam System and Parkgolf worked on the busy “Doughnut Planet,” a song that frequently hints at breaking wide open into the sort of track Pa’s Lam System does so well, but always holding a little bit back (it is far more of a Parkgolf song overall, with dashes of Pa’s appearing over it). Listen above.

New Metoronori: “Jiku”

It wasn’t long ago that Metoronori shared a small slice of a song with the world, and now she’s back with a longer peek inside. “Jiku” adds orchestral flair to the usual wobbly world Metoronori conjures up, a dramatic string rise coming before the song truly gets jittery. It shows up later, too, to add some more drama, but by then “Jiku” has turned into a pinballing number…that then transforms into a soft, piano-graced meditation. Listen above.

Parkgolf Remixes Cicada’s “Naughty Boy”

Parkgolf Remixes Cicada’s “Naughty Boy”

Of course you are going to end up with a drastic reworking when you hand off your song to someone like Parkgolf…he falls into the category of producer whose original music sounds like neon lights held together by various strings twisted into weird shapes. His approach to remixes of artists who don’t fall into the same general area as him…like, say, the outfit Cicada…ends up sounding radical compared to the original. And so is the case with “Naughty Boy,” where Parkgolf twists the song into a bright, burbling zip around. Listen above.

While we are here…the original “Naughty Boy” is really good too! Cicada released their first full-length album this year, and this song makes a strong argument to go pick it up — jazzy touches over a skittery beat, anchored by lovely vocals. Watch the video below.

Attack The Music Shares Synergy 2015 EP, Featuring DJ Genki And Pa’s Lam System

At this year’s Anime Central event in Chicago, the Friday night dance party Synergy featured some great Japanese artists taking to the decks. The fine folks at Attack The Music released an EP celebrating the event, featuring two original songs and a slew of remixes of said tracks (actually they have two albums, one of which is even more packed. But we are going to focus on the smaller release). The DJ Genki track (with Yukacco on vocal duty) is a nice slice of high-energy dance music, and the remixes offer up lots of nice ideas…

…but I’m primarily here for “Colors” by Pa’s Lam System, because Pa’s Lam System is one of the best projects going in Japan and every song they release tends to get me wiled up at my desk chair (like, as someone intensely self-conscious about dancing, I’ve nearly broken things because of how hyped “Like A Lady” has made me). “Colors” keeps it going, opening with a very short build up to a moment of pure release, Pa’s Lam System realizing there is no reason on holding off on something so good. That whirling cartoon tornado is made up of all sorts of weird sonic debris — half-second vocal chops, fluttery synths, fucking Yoshi jumping. And that first burst doesn’t repeat, but mutates into something different but every bit as joyously frantic. Listen below, or get it here.

New Kosmo Kat: “Pterosaur” Featuring Trust In Love

Kosmo Kat’s new EP Square came out yesterday, and he shared one of that collection’s finest songs last night. “Pterosaur” features guest vocals from Brooklyn’s Trust In Love, her hushed singing resulting in one of the dreamiest (yet still thumping) cuts the Tokyo-based producer has made. Hopefully, I’ll have more on the EP as a whole soon, so for now listen above.