Category Archives: Music

It’s In The Name: Lycoriscoris’ “Lush”

Well, sort of. Tokyo’s Lycoriscoris’ newest song certainly starts out in a way deserving of its title, a stuttering beat decorated with various chimes and a bit of electronic noise worthy of the IDM tag. But then the intensity picks up significantly, Lycoriscoris creating a drama (and, at moments, abrasive atmosphere) that kicks at “Lush.” Parts of it certainly, but ultimately its more well-crafted and adventure-like. Listen above.

Dolled Up: O2i3’s “Dollfie Dream”

I wasn’t aware what a Dollfie Dream was before trying to figure out what the title of this song courtesy of Setagaya-based producer 02i3 was about. Turns out it is a doll, and lots of people love unboxing them on YouTube. How they relate to this hyper-bright synth workout, I’m not sure, so let’s just focus on the music. This sound — big, bright, cute, peppered with all the samples you expect to hear in a SoundCloud waveform (“hey!,” water droplet, etc) — can be tricky to do in a way that feels novel, but O2i3 brings the energy, while also slowing things down in the middle for a quick piano interlude that really drives in the sweetness. Listen above.

New Soleil Soleil: “Emotion”

New Soleil Soleil: “Emotion”

Osaka’s Soleil Soleil has always been about creating dance music drenched in feelings, but he’s a bit more direct with new song “Emotion.” Like the cuts off of this year’s still-strong If I Could EP, he creates a bouncy beat centered around vocals sampled from Mariah Carey’s “Emotions,” zeroing in on the “you got me feeling emotions” line and playing it up for all the bliss he can. Listen above.

New Dubb Parade: “Urge”

The ever shape-shifting Dubb Parade has returned with a new song called “Urge.” It isn’t the producers first foray into juke music, but it is definitely his most clanging to date, as manipulated voices crash against both headphone channels, and in general the beat clangs more than previous efforts. It slightly disorienting, but focused enough to not be pure mindfuck. Listen above.

Come Down: Easel Easel’s “Sunny Day Nervous”

Busy week? Busy week! But also sorta a slow week, as not much new music really stood out. This Friday night is in need of some pep, and thankfully Tokyo’s Easel Easel deliver with new song “Sunny Day Nervous.” This one is straightforward indie-pop, a driving number with a sunny (hey, it’s in the title) hook and pretty basic production. But hey, that’s the charm of this sort of music. Listen above.