|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
|Some of my favorite releases of the last year or so come from the US indie hip-hop contender, Mush. The tracks are classic Mush: slow and moody with a nod to hip-hop and jazz record sampling, but with a sophisticated touch and layered production style. These don't sound like tracks in search of an MC, but rather they function as whole songs on their own. For nodding background music or the score to a student film about urban landscapes, Neutrino is just fine. There's enough warmth and depth to the compositions that they held up to repeat spins as I drove around town and then set up my wireless network at home. This is polite and tidy beat-making, with windchime accents, chirping bird samples and the occasional disembodied voice-snippet that almost lend it a depth worth exploring more. - The Brainwashed Brain