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New ELLEH: Anthems Part 1

Electronic duo ELLEH have been building up to this EP over the last few months, and now here it is, Anthems Part 1. It collects all of the singles and loosies the pair have put out thus far, including the tipsy “American Lover” and recent highlight “New To This.” It’s the first real dive into the late-night, floor-focused-but-sad music they’ve been highlighting so far in 2017, all in one place. Get it here, or listen below.

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New Pachinko Machine Music: Pachinko Machine Music 2

Pachinko isn’t a pleasurable experience. This is especially when it comes to the noise those Christmas-tree-bright machines spit out as you try to launch metal ball bearings into Goku’s nose. Anyone who has even walked by a parlor at the moment the automatic doors open know it’s a pounding, crushing aural feeling. Yet that’s exactly what makes Pachinko Machine Music so absorbing — the ability for the Wasabi Tapes project to take what might be the ugliest, most jarring set of sounds available in Japan and find something mesmerizing about it makes it one of the most exciting musical outings going now.

Pachinko Machine Music 2 continues venturing into the cacophony the first installment plumbed. There’s nothing new here in concept — this is pachinko machine music, harsh and clanging sounds looped into something resembling a song, with characters screaming Japanese words and sudden lifts of song flowing out of the machines. Yet the fun is listening and watching the patterns develop, like the especially pounding final stretch of “Pachinko Machine Music 005” or the Oneohtrix-isms creeping out — and suddenly vanishing — of “006.” Chaos rarely sounds this good. Get it here, or listen below.

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Over The Net: Feather Shuttles Forever’s “Zujou No Seaside Town”

New-ish project Feather Shuttles Forever brings together Hikaru Yamada (of the group Hiakru Yamada and The Librarians) and Mukuchi, who has appeared on this blog a few times with a genre called “seagazer.” Together, they create a shifty electronic-pop number in “Zujou No Seaside Town,” which features smooth singing gliding over an ever-changing backdrop, one teasing hip-hop breakdowns and detours into future bass. It isn’t so much the tension of the music that makes it work, as much as it is how nicely the singing works over whatever sounds the music throws at it (only a piano interlude finds the vocals taking a break all together). A lovely pop song from a project that I hope keeps on going. Listen above. They also put out an album this past February that we missed…well, fix that by going here.

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New Youthmemory: Neo Tokyo

It’s always nice to see an indie-pop outfit lean towards something slightly darker. Youthmemory, whose name should tip you off to how they’ve sounded in the past, inch towards the shadows on Neo Tokyo. Similar to how Moscow Club tried out all sorts of moods while still being centered around indie-pop sounds, the two songs here are still very much in Youthmemory’s wheelhouse, but with details that add new depth to their sound. “Neo Tokyo” moves a touch slower than previous songs by the project, and the drum-machine beat feels more obvious here, giving a mechanical, somewhat jarring element to the song. “City” is zippier, but still finds the group looking towards the ground, the speedier tempo getting wrapped up in synths and melancholy lyrics. Get it here, or listen below.

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Kansai Scene: New Songs From The Neon City, Nite Body And Metome (Sort Of)

Always fun logging on after a weekend away in the countryside and starting to sift through all the new music out there. Three songs (errrr, two songs and a mix…three is the magical number for these things, sorry) jumped out at me, and all come from artists who hail from the Kansai region of Japan. So let’s get into them.

— The Neon City pushes the boundaries of not only this goofy post, but also this blog’s leading philosophy — she is currently based out of New Zealand, which is not Japan. Yet I’m allowing it for now because I think it’s not permanent, and because “Magical Love” is a woozy little electronic number worth attention all the same. Like most of The Neon City’s recent creations, it is a bit on the stripped down side, featuring keyboard notes and vocals that echo off into the distance. Simple, but it creates an inviting and warm environment that makes the dreamy vibe of “Magical Love” all the more charming. Listen above.

— Dance producer Nite Body returns with “Galaxy Visions,” a rubbery house number that is the most fitting of the three entries here to soundtrack your night out. Nite Body excels at this sort of late-night, lose-yourself dance sound, and it’s always a treat when he shares something new. Listen below.

— Lastly, a mix, which is something we normally don’t post…but when Metome does anything, we try to report on it. This mix is a playful, upbeat one, running from outright pop to a mix of dance styles. Besides being a set that never stops skipping along, it offers some nice insight into Metome’s mind at the moment (we can assume). Listen below.

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