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Electronic Round-Up: “Draping,” Oyubi And BD1982

— The 10th installment of the Draping series dropped late last week, finding the trio of DJ Fulltono, CRZKNY and Skip Club Orchestra continue to play around with footwork. This time around, all three play around with the same central sample (or at the very least let the main sample stand out more clearly across all tracks), each taking their own approach to a Spanish-language vocal. Get it here, or listen below.

— Diskotopia co-founder BD1982 released a new EP called 7th Door, featuring five spacious rumblers revealing new details as they move along. The entire release feels a little more misty, songs such as the title track and “The Loa” carrying a sense of unease throughout. Same time, BD1982 adds in something like the hoppy “Find a Way,” which still boasts plenty of space but makes the beat front and center. Get it here, or listen below.

— Oyubi continues sharing in a very busy 2019 with “Just In,” an energetic number moving a little bit away from the footwork of other releases in favor of ghettotech. This one opts for simplicity — one great vocal sample surrounded by an aerobic beat that weaves in piano notes and strings as it goes along. Get it here, or listen below.

New Homecomings: “Cakes”

While the band aren’t quite dashing ahead at a “You Never Kiss” speed, Homecomings’ latest single “Cakes” finds them adding a little more skip in their step. The last few releases from the band have been good, but on the slower side. “Cakes” reminds that ennui can come across even when bouncing along. The song features a persistent drum hop, and they even juice it up a bit by adding in some machine beats. The mood remains the same, somewhere between content and longing for something just out of reach. Listen above.

New Kyary Pamyu Pamyu: “Kimiga Iine Kuretara”

The most interesting developments for Kyary Pamyu Pamyu pop up outside of the music on “Kimiga Iine Kuretara.” Dig into the credits here and you discover this single came out via a company with the same name as the song itself, rather than Warner Music Japan (no idea what that means, and have no official statements on it so…that’s just speculation). The accompanying video was made in conjunction with Lute, which now puts Kyary closer to Jvcki Wai than Aimyon. Plus, the clip features a segment where a Virtua Fighter Kyary beats up people labelled “staff” (plus a dude who might be the Sekai No Owari guy, at least I hope so). A lot going on here, and it sounds like a bunch of changes for her now!

“Kimiga Iine Kuretara” the song, though, isn’t really a huge departure for her — it’s just a lot tighter. Not to pretend my Twitter feed somehow represents any kind of deeper insights into anything, but I’ve heard a few people saying this is a sort of return to form for Kyary and producer Yasutaka Nakata. Which…that album from last year is still kind of bonkers, give it another listen! “Kimiga” is a better sound pop song, as Nakata loosens up a bit to create something with a little more depth to it (see the woodwind touches, or the 8-bit passages, or the drip-drops — he crams a lot in to this number, but it all clicks). Lyrically might be the most intriguing twist here, with Kyary returning to topics of youth, specifically the power of social media likes and how that digital connection can feel great (another change — English lyrics from the get-go!). I feel you could go deep into what this actually means — direct connection with fans vs traditional power structures — but now I feel like I’m jotting down conspiracy theories. Anyway, the release of this feels like a lot of huge changes happening for Kyary, but the song itself reminds of just how catchy her world can be. Listen above.

New Waater: “Ocean”

Can’t tell if this is self-referential or what, but hey…Waater with a song called “Ocean!” Getting over the cuteness of the name, this splash of their next EP offers one of the most immediately pleasing indie-pop cuts they’ve put together yet. The fuzzy edges remain, but now that noise doesn’t get in the way of the hooky melody and background harmonizing. This is straightforward, displaying a little bit of edge (guitar solo!) but knowing that sometimes you just have to deliver something that will get stuck in one’s head. Listen above.

New Amps: “Tomboy” EP

Consider this the opposite of the last post featured on the blog…that number went super short, while the songs on producer Amps’ new EP keep twisting and turning like one of those rides with sharp turns and cardboard cutouts that move out of the way. Tomboy’s title track sums it up — it’s a rollicking dance number sometimes careening into garage sound. Would be a nice pump-you-up jam at two minutes. It goes almost seven, featuring several false finishes and a lot of subtle changes in what’s happening. And it works, even if it comes close at times to exhausting ideas. The other songs here don’t go quite as long, but aren’t far off. An exercise in making length work for you. Get it here, or listen below.