Music Reviews

Sep 18 2017
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Artist: Iokoi
Title: Liquefy Reworks
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: -OUS
Two tracks from the downtempo 2016 Iokoi album “Liquefy” get the remix treatment here.

Furtherset offer up a version of “Touchreel” that’s very stripped back, just a gentle light mechanical rhythm with sparkly pads, gated chords and vocal snippets all twinkling on top. It’s an oddly structured affair which, at under five minutes, feels like it’s a broader and darker bit of abstract soundscape design that’s been grafted bonsai-style into a small package.

NHK yx Koyxen (not a typo, and not just me hammering the keyboard)’s take on “Realien” gives things a more conventional light techno flavour, with soft 4 4 beats, a slightly Josh Wink-ish gradually unfolding melodic pattern, and whispered vocal noises. It progresses nicely, with a nice twist on the beat past the 5 minute mark to keep things moving, and it’s DJ friendly so long as the slightly abrupt end is anticipated.

It’s an odd pair of tracks that does feel like unused remix leftovers rather than a particularly coherent 2-track mini-package, leaving the “bold statement” of the original album behind somewhat, but the NHK yx Koyxen remix is certainly worth checking out, if you can get the spelling right on Beatport.



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