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Half Beat: SNJO’s SF

SNJO is the solo project of the producer half of Kyoto’s Toxxies, a quick-moving electro unit that’s been on a good roll. SF, however, isn’t a simple exercise in instrumental tracks. The four songs often feature vocals, usually in the form of SNJO’s manipulated voice, or via guest Yuna Nakabayashi on the jittery “One,” a song that features a vocal melody that keeps reminding me of Beck. The rest of the EP often goes a bit harder, such as on the sample-rich opener “Gaze” or the robo-vacuum “X.96.” It can be a aggressive affair, but SNJO’s secret — and a key part of what makes Toxxies one to watch — is the catchiness lurking within. Get it here, or listen below.