More weird house edits and sly disco variations from Jimi Bazzouka and the Crowdspacer label. Edits Vol. 4 on vinyl 12” borrows the sounds of the 1980s Japanese new wave and turns them into surreal bangers and eccentric floorfillers, all dedicated to the life and work of genius Ryuichi Sakamoto.
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 15 February 2017Jimi Bazzouka how’s she blowing? As it’s a day with ‘day’ in its name there are saxophone squeaks from the other room. Our office saxophone intake is as high as our coffee intake. Are the two things linked? Yesterday we listened to awful synth that turned out to be Fatima Yamaha. It sounded like he was mashing the synth with his fist. I’m not sure then why I’m listening to this record other than to expand my ‘range’. It’s squeaky disco music with the sort of synth lines that sound like they were played whilst operating a synthesiser in a moving vehicle. It can’t stay still for a fucking second ranging from one lop sided take on dance floor to the next. There’s some particularly Michael McDonald synths going on on track two which give way to the most unbelievable synth line you ever heard. Almost impossible to follow with the naked ear. But fun. It’s like the Cardiacs trying to make slinky dance. In Japanese. A fucking amazing track. The last tune justifies the press releases claims about being influenced by Ryuichi Sakamoto with some pretty nice Sakamoto influenced melodies played out to haunting effect. Like a disco on a sinking ship, it’s watery and tilting at all sorts of funny angles but kind of enjoyable.
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