Category Archives: Music

New Especia: “Foolish”

Sorta Vaporwave/sorta City Pop/all fantastic idol unit Especia have a new album out in May, Gusto. The first taste of that full-length is “Foolish,” which you can listen to on Tumblr via a link below. This one is packed with horns courtesy of producer Schtein&Longer, the whole thing moving at a laid back pace but the members of the group adding an urgency to the song that makes it even better. Like, the music alone would be perfect for afternoon pool-side champagne sessions, but Especia add so much more through their singing. Oh and, as is the case with every Especia song, THAT SAXOPHONE. Listen here.

Ryuei Kotoge Preps New Album, Shares “Arc”

Osaka beatmaker Ryuei Kotoge – early INNIT contributor, Day Tripper Records signee – has a new album out on the horizon. Undo, Redo comes out in early July, but he has shared the first track from it. “Arc” is a shifty, shuffling number featuring synth washes and nimble percussion. It is a great first glimpse of his forthcoming release. Listen below.

New Taquwami: “Kamakura”

I swear, dear reader, that I have seen new Taquwami streak across my Twitter feed/SoundCloud dashboard, before vanishing without any traces. Either songs got uploaded really quickly before being taken down for whatever reason…or I’ve been wanting to hear new Taquwami songs so badly I’ve been hallucinating them. Well, at last, here’s a legit one I can digitally point to, before beckoning you to sit down with me and soak it all in.

“Kamakura” finds the just-outside-Tokyo producer stepping back from the blurry wonders of yesteryear in favor of something more reflective, although with plenty of sonic twists in tow. It opens with what sounds like a field recording…people talking, a dog barking, birds chirping. The last sound pops up throughout “Kamakura,” an anchor to the physical world that Taquwami’s music so often tries to whirlwind away from. This one features sparse, direct beats, some gushy-but-faint electronics, and a delicate guitar bit. Everything picks up pace in the back end…but even that leads to soda-poppin’ outro featuring some lovely deep-space-ish-transmission sounds. Here’s one with ample space to soak in, while still being distinctly Taquwami. Listen below.

Sappporo Rising: New Tracks From Parkgolf And Buddhahouse

Not be outdone by the likes of Osaka and Fukuoka (and don’t even get them started on Tokyo, ya know), the electronic music community up in ever-cool Sapporo have come together to further remind the world that, yes, they are around and kicking. The largest city in Hokkaido boasts plenty of great artists, and now they are going the extra step of making their collective look like a bonafide scene via a new compilation coming soon called Vandcamp. In advance of its official release, two acts from the city have uploaded their contributions. The first comes from probably the best known name…via Maltine connection…Parkgolf. His “Purple Pulp” is a bouncy, needly number that strays a bit from his usual overwhelm-em-with-synths route in favor of something a bit more bouncy. Yet it still maintains a sense of drama, building up to a finale, albeit a subtler one than what Parkgolf usually gives us. Listen below.

The other song up for listening comes from producer Buddhahouse, plenty accomplished in his own right. His “Midnight Blue” is a bit more simple than “Purple Pulp” – it features a shuffle-ready but never overwhelming beat, with various vocal samples airing off over it. It all sorta sounds jazzy, but more focused. Listen below.

New Madegg: “April 11″

It just bubbles and bubbles and bubbles, until an intelligible voice sweeps. “Soup or soul,” I keep thinking it says, convinced I’m wrong even before it follows up with a melodic “hmmm hmmm.” Then the beat really kicks in, and Kyoto’s Madegg has gone and created a subtle shuffler underlined by fluttery electronic flushes that give it an extra pretty sheen. Yet this is seven minutes long…what can he be up to with something that long. Well, it is practically two songs merged into one slow burner, the beat hastening a bit in the back half as a new voice enters the picture. It manages to stay compelling until the very end…and makes me really want a new Madegg album after it finishes. Listen below.