New C.I.T.Y. – “Secret Touch” Featuring Chap:pee

Fukuoka’s C.I.T.Y. has made relatively chilled-out songs for a little bit now, and the project’s latest is an especially breezy hopper. “Secret Touch” bounces along, built for early evenings, and is blessed with a great vocal, presumably from Chap:pee. Always good to keep one ear focused on Western Japan, and here is another outfit to mind. Listen above.

Twinkle Twilight: Einsteins’ OTSMN EP

The terrible truth is – I haven’t had much time to listen to music recently. In 2014 that seems ridiculous…something something always in the Cloud something something…but for whatever reason I just haven’t listened to much. I could bore you with some personal essay ramblings, but it’s a pretty simple TL;DR – I’ve been busy, and simply sitting down and listening to things hasn’t been an option.

This is all a set up to say that this post has been sitting in my drafts for a week now, and that I have only listened to the new EP from synth-pop group Einstein’s in full once and in smatterings on a couple other times. But all those times, I remember feeling comforted by the music and enjoying in so…despite not having anything smart to say, you should give this a listen, above.

New Gellers: “Cumparsita”

Man, that sax. Gellers have long been a band pretty easily summed up lazily if you wanted to – they are a rock band, they are the rock band Shugo Tokumaru was in before stepping out on his own, they are Shugo Tokumaru’s other thing. Welp, new single “Cumparsita” aims to shake up those preconceptions a bit, one saxophone blurt at a time. Gellers’ videos have always been goofy fun, so seeing the silly clip above isn’t much of a shock…good use of Tokumaru as flower shop worker…but “Cumparsita” itself moves a bit away from the fuzzed jangle-pop of yesteryear Gellers in favor of…heart-on-sleeve ’80s pop leanings. Tokumaru doesn’t handle the vocals (as he did on “Guatemala“) and there are A LOT of saxophones. It strikes the tough balance of being both sorta silly but also surprisingly earnest (hey, when you dip this deep into a style, some level of honest devotion crops up…no joke goes for six minutes). Listen above.

Tomggg Remixes Porter Robinson: “Flicker”

The original version of American producer Porter Robinson’s “Flicker” is already full of Japanese…so why not have a Japanese trackmaker play around with it? Enter Tomggg, who rolls out the twinkles for his remix. The original vocal sample zooms by, and in general this rework follows the same structure as Robinson’s cut – it zooms off in all sorts of directions, and has a definite bounce to it – but Tomggg still transforms it into something all glittery and playroom-ready. Listen above.

Sunday Listening Station: House Of Tapes, DJ Yakult Lady

Not the smoothest of Sunday listens, but hey it can’t all be blue skies and lazy afternoon naps week after week. First off is “a limited song” from the often pulverizing Nagoya producer House Of Tapes, called “My Mind (Mid Night).” Notably absent from this track – an upfront beat, which is usually the most visible element of his music. Instead, there is a beating that sounds like it is coming from one dream over, while everything else swirls about and creates for a woozy listen that, in a far less physical way, is as disorienting as his usual fare. Listen above.

Sticking with the dizzying sound, DJ Yakult Lady’s latest turns into a skittery, whirly affair pretty quickly. Don’t let the piano-guided intro trick you out…when “Ladies” reaches its core, there are enough chimes and Jersey-Club sound affects to make you feel a bit trippy. Listen below.