Music Reviews

Artist: NHK'KoyxeN (@)
Title: Dance Classics Vol.I
Format: 12"
Label: PAN (@)
Distributor: Boomkat
Rated: *****
Many slices of the best IDM and techno, spread since the second half of 90ies and its intimate connection with those magical boxes full of coloured wires, leds and knobs, known as modular synthesizers (those machines which keep on inducing that kind of astounded wonder which let some musicians exclaim "what the f**k! How's possible these machines made this?!?!?!) are going to resurface from dusty mnemonical hold by means of this release by this fuzzy and very prolific Japanese musician (NHK'KoyxeN is just a rewrite of the name of Kouhei Matsunaga, half of Japanese minimal techno duo NHK and collaborator of renowned musicians such as Autechre's Sean Booth, Asmus Tietchens, Merzbow, Rudolf, Jungle Brothers's Sensational, Conrad Schnitzler, Anti Pop Consortium's High Priest and many others, with Cyrillic alphabet script), who enslaves his sound machines to the noble undertaking of dance without any other hidden purpose and a special care for "vintage" analog electronic sounds. There're not only chopped bass, pulsations of polyphonic rhythms or diamond drills over the record, but also many interesting diversions such as entrancing lullabies, bare ill-hop masterpieces, crispy claps, viscous bubbling and many other sonic gem, which properly fit to dancefloors as well as solipsistic reflection under altered states, which could activate mnemonic cells where most trained listener store emulsions by AFX, Model 500, Joey Beltram, Solvent and many other legendary knights of that scene. Have a taste of this sonic gourmet meal!

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