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New Ryuei Kotoge: Parallel EP

This one got lost in the New-Year’s-eve shuffle, but two weeks on it still goes strong so…Osaka’s Ryuei Kotoge created a lot of great music in 2014 (including the just-outside-our-top-20 Undo, Redo), and he closed out a productive 12 months with this six song set. It’s an affirmation of what he’s been doing for a few years, shuffling beats accented by glassy synths, both aimed for the head and the feet. Parallel includes a collaboration with wonky Tokyo beatmaker Canooooopy, and that one (“Glassland Storytellers”) fittingly sounds a bit more disjointed and unnerving than the rest of Kotoge’s tracks. Get it here, or listen below.