|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
|A few years back, it seemed as though every top-flight electronic act getting American audiences in a fever hailed from the land of the rising sun. Fantastic Plastic Machine, Takeko Minekawa, Cornelius and Buffalo Daughter were the toast of the fickle stateside indietronica crowd, churning out more kitschy electronic pop-jazz than you could shake a (chop) stick at. Now, a mere five years later, that scene has all but vanished, relinquishing control to the thousands of killer J-Rock bands now stalking the streets of the Ginza. Japanese duo Neutrino (Atsuhio Muraka and Hideki Kurodod) is a throwback to that downtempo era, and while its self-titled full-length debut isn't exactly music for getting down and dirty, its predicated on the sort of slinky jazz tip that eventually leads to hours and hours of heavy breathing. - Grooves