|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 are downtempo Japanese instrumental hip-hoppers Atsuhiro Murakami and Hideki Kuroda who have a knack for forming music as deep as early DJ Krush and as relevant as Kaman Leung (though with a lighter approach). Highlights include "R.S." that has some very sweet vibes with mellow Japanese girl voices that'll make you all warm and snuggly inside. "Syupaman" brings the deep blue funk and echoic vibes while "D-Planets" samples the sublime "slip, slip, slip" vocals from the Digables - wicked. Ten tracks of lazyday headnodding par excellence from the head scratchingly eclectic Mush. Lovely. - Sound Clash