|MH-220 Neutrino - Neutrino
With the self-titled follow-up to their successful Mush EP, Quest, Japanese duo, Neutrino (Atsuhiro Murakami and Hideki Kuroda) use an economic approach to rhythm and an acute ear for melody to further establish the group as experts of minimal, late-night grooves. The album is packed with music of depth and beauty that combine the dirty beats of hip-hop, the warm sound of analog, and throw-back production techniques. With artwork by Michiharu Shimoda of The Silent Poets and tracks that are prime examples of the sounds emanating from Tokyo's narcotic downbeat club scene, the album could have only come from Japan.
|Find it and pop it in - Clamor / An important record - Stylus / Lovely - Sound Clash / Should be sipped slowly in the company of good friends and good moods - Properly Chilled / Ten tracks of lazyday headnodding par excellence - Boomkat / Predicated on the sort of slinky jazz tip that eventually leads to hours and hours of heavy breathing - Grooves
|Neutrino's self-titled album mixes minimally arranged and heavily looped, cut-up vocal samples, broken beats, dusty, downtempo breaks, and warm, organic-inorganic synth pads to form a sound that is very reminiscent of Dol-lop's Cryptic Audio (1997, Swim~). Neutrino doesn't create as dark an atmosphere as experienced in the pre-millenium Cryptic Audio, choosing to work more with minimal grooves and hip-hop influences than dirty, bassy breaks and cut-up jazz horns and flutes. As minimal is to trance, this sound is minimal to downtempo, and it isn't the kind of album you scan for "stand-out" tracks. Neutrino is a laid-back, instrumental listening experience, meant to be enjoyed one track after another. Many of the songs develop slowly, others linger, while some get straight down to beat-wise business. This album's positive, future-modern vibe, cut-up beats, warm synth-pads, and downtempo grooves should be sipped slowly in the company of good friends and good moods. - Properly Chilled