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New Crunch: Blue Blue Blue EP

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Expect a bit more on this one in the near future, but Nagoya’s Crunch followed up on the melancholy chill of last year’s “Blue” with the Blue Blue Blue EP, released this past Wednesday (and available on a lot of streaming services and iTunes). Don’t let the extremely adorable sea critter on the cover art fool you — like the icy build of the still absorbing title track, the new songs here move at a similarly slow pace, doused in melancholy. The band sounds particularly longing for something else on the heads-down skip of “This City,” while even the all-together-now sing-a-long of “Passing Shower” contains some heavy vibes. A perfectly goose-bump-raising album for the remainder of winter. Get it here, or listen below.

New Seiho: “Peach And Pomegranate”

The first time I ever saw Seiho play — and talked to him at all — came at the very end of 2011, at an EDM party in Osaka. He wasn’t making bass-heavy whiplash music, though, but rather cosmic-leaning stuff that would have slid in well within the LA beat scene. Since, he’s explored many directions — euphoric release, more traditional house, sweltering swerves — and his latest song “Peach And Pomegranate” sees Seiho returning back to space. It resembles, in structure, one of his more ragin’ cuts, as it builds and drops and works in all sorts of twists between those two points, but Seiho deconstructs the process so that only the barest materials are present. The inclusion of nature samples, like birds chirping, underlines this, like he’s putting this together in a zen garden.

It comes off of his new full-length album Collapse, which is out May 20 via LA’s Leaving Records. Listen above.

New Ytamo: “Human Ocean”

Another album to add to the “spring must-listen” list: experimental pop maker Ytamo has a new collection called Mi Wo out in mid March, and Tiny Mix Tapes premiered the first song from it, “Human Ocean,” recently. It’s a bouncy song built from syllables and gooey keyboard notes, everything slowly floating up, new elements caught in it and adding a bit of confusion to the number (stray piano line, some bell chimes). Listen above.

New Dubb Parade: Reconquista EP

Producer Dubb Parade has a new four-song EP out called Reconquista, out via Anti Gravity Dance. It finds him in a mode he’s been operating in for the past year, making more minimal dance tunes featuring warped vocals and a cosmic vibe, featuring shifty beats that give otherwise vaporous songs a bounce (highlighted by finale “Lucifer”). The best touches, though, come when the samples in these songs get blurred into something creepy, as on opener “Montero,” adding an always welcome unease to Dubb Parade’s music. Get it here, or listen below.

Overwhelming Games: Pachinko Machine Music

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Few experiences in Japan are as overwhelming as entering into a pachinko parlor. The noise within is overwhelming, a cling-claning nightmare of electronics and sirens, a noise show for every neighborhood in the country. It’s the sort of thing that’s easy to imagine being just too much — I’ve lasted, at most, ten minutes in one of these places — but also easy to imagine others finding solace in the noise, finding sanctuary in the clattering of metal balls and Dragonball animations.

If there’s a label that appreciates some good chaos, it’s Wasabi Tapes, who recently released Pachinko Machine Music by…Pachinko Machine Music. A side project of the always cacophonous DJ WWWW, the name sums it up well — this is a collection of songs made up of sounds you’d hear in a pachinko parlor, looped but overwhelming as ever. Yet, as DJ WWWW does on other releases, moments of strange beauty emerge from all that noise, even something as simple as a voice coming out of all that noise. Get it here, or listen below.