• Reviews: Kplecraft, Haruomi Hosono, Supernatural

    31 Jul 2007, 23:19 by djgizmoe

    Unedited Japanzine Reviews

    Kuon Records

    Well here’s an intriguing specimen, and the obi basically spells it out: “Chiptune + Electro-Acoustic…!?” Confused yet? Well, appropriate the (by now) standard 8-bit, Game Boy take on geeky Casiocore and spice it up and space it out with strategic use of saxophone, melodica, djembe, conga and didgeridoo. Finally, add catchy titles like “AP-RD0032” and “NNVV-LLLL”, and you’ve got the perfect gift for every Nintendork turned pothead on your X’mas list. Grok that okay? Neither did I. Which is not to say this actually sucks. There’s something oddly subversive and undeniably hypnotic about Hamlin, and just when you think things are getting too zoned out from bleep loops and echoey sax solos, up pop guest vocalists Rensuke Oshikiri and Oharamaya to keep you from nodding off with the rest of the lotus eaters; in particular, Oshikiri’s oh-so-very Denki Groove-esque contribution to “Sharkuon” is a rambunctious stand out. …
  • Reviews: Forms, Monyupita, Deerhoof, Yoko Kanno, GB, Asa-Chang & Blue Hearts

    19 Feb 2007, 04:47 by djgizmoe

    Advanced(!) Japanzine (unedited) reviews for the next two months. On the move to Kyoto, so I thought I'd better get these up quick for once.

    Various Artists

    Absolutely nothing to complain about from this surprisingly juicy release, a dirt-cheap (1000 yen), 24 track CD of shit-hot unknown indie electro-pop, rock and electronica, Japanese and otherwise. Tiger Force touches things off with “Beat This”, a grungy ghettotech chant that wouldn’t be out of place on Le Tigre or Peaches’ latest. The $hit are up next doing their best Polysics impression with bleepy enthusiasm on “We Don’t Give A Fuck About Soul”, followed by all-girl surf guitar from Nibbles, off-kilter electronic squeekings from IOIOI, lo-fi Casio pop from Kumisolo, Game Boy accompanied by trumpet from Goto80…all excellent examples of nerdy DIY production at its best. Probably best appreciated by those nursing a secret crush on DEVO’s Mark Mothersbaugh (or just finishing their long ride on that wave called “electroclash”)…