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.

New Ventla: For Human Consumption

The thing about Ventla is that after a really prolific streak that saw him practically release a new album every month, he sorta took a break for a bit last year. Well, he’s back, and gone bigger than ever before. Shuji Suzuki’s latest, For Human Consumption, comes via New York imprint Astro Nautico, and features 24 songs of digital sounds intersecting with acoustic flourishes. Which brings up another important thing about Ventla…dude gets shine for releasing so many albums, but the real draw (to me at least), was how every single album tended to establish its own vibe. He’d do a set of songs reminiscent of like Hosono House, and the next album would be a synth-pop marathon. For Human Consumption sorta bridges the gap between a lot of the different styles Ventla has dabbled in, with a few new twists introduced too (check the Parisian street concert of “Mental Health,” or what sounds like a kazoo freak-out on “Copymate”). Elsewhere, he sounds a bit like a wobbly Lullatone (“Paloma”) and gets whistle happy frequently (the bell-accented “National Project”) being a highlight. Listen above, or get it here.

Hercelot Teams Up With Tomggg For “Greengum”

Maltine Records teamed up with the Red Bull Studios Tokyo for a two day event…and the first evening went down yesterday. Producers Hercelot and Tomggg teamed up for a song called “Greengum,” and it is one of those beautiful sonic moments where the stylings of both artists comes through so clearly. Neither gets muddled — Tomggg’s cutesy playroom vibe comes through clearly (those vocals, mainly) while Hercelot’s unpredictability manifests itself in…”Greengum” transforming into a bossa nova song for a bit before blasting off near the end again. Listen above.