The eclectic Japanese DJ Imugem Orihasam only released his gleefully evil 12" 'Must Understand Before Contradict' recently, but he's back with eight thrown-off tracks that make up 'More Anxious, More Favourable Terms'. Featuring shades of Detroit techno, acoustic sounds, ambient meditation and unabashed synth, this record goes wherever it wants and offers something for every ear.
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- More Anxious, More Favourable Terms by Imugem Orihasam
9/10 Laurie Staff review, 03 September 2014
How many different levels of irregularity can you fit in one record? This is one of the great unanswerable questions of our era, up there with 'What is the universe?' and 'Does anyone visit Leeds for a holiday?'. The latest release on Ireland's niche electronic label Nute however seeks to have a go at testing that question (the first one. Maybe the second too). Japanese sound sculptor Imugem Orihasam takes the listener from straight dance beats to arrythmic cycles of distorted acid bass and kick drum whacks.
It all starts sort of civilised - 'J is B' contains a squelchy arpeggio that sounds like the gnomes at the end of your garden having a little dance before launching into a subby techno beat reminiscent of the more shuffly patterns of South London Ordnance and Objekt. 'No Single Issue' similarly contains a drum section that wouldn't be out of place on Hessle Audio as well as a disgustingly detuned synth. Ok, so barely civilised at all. But just over halfway through, these conventional electronic structures are burnt to the ground in some arcane digital ritual, leaving only malfunctioning remnants of the modern dance apparatus. Only a few hints of melody can be found here, with the majority of layers being sliced samples and distortion with a one-chord synth pulsing over the top. It's a bit like Dadub's recent release on Stroboscopic Artefacts.
The breadth of structure displayed by Mr. Orihasam on this release is totally engrossing, even when dialing the madness down slightly with space dubs such as the distant clangs and Atari fx of 'Angle Speak'. Once the whole experience is over, you feel closer to true understanding of 'irregularity'. You could always just check the dictionary though.
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