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~ Wistful Face ~: Fire Emjae’s “Latin Dream” (And More)

“Latin Dream” — and many of Tokyo producer Fire Emjae’s recent output — takes me back in time, to a very specific year. Hitting play on SoundCloud for this one transports me to 2012, when high-energy dance tunes featured pitch-shifted slices of singing ping-ponging between twisty beats and synth blurts. The bongo precessions opening the song is kind of a fake out, because it isn’t long before Fire Emjae just turns this into an electronic fever dream, something that is great to breakdown on headphones or just bob to via speakers. The producer has been on a (sorry) hot streak as of late — check the understated groove of “My Funk” for something a little more controlled but every bit as fun, below.