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Foodman initiates Highball Records, a new London label focussed on contemporary music from Japan
While best known for making deftly animated footwork tax, on ‘DOKUTSU’ Foodman follows his nose between all manner of styles, shapeshifting from jazy, strolling house (‘Kazunoko’), to rapidly strobing flashcore-like pulses (‘Kachikachi’) via explorations of bullet-time proprioceptions and vocal cut-ups (’Hirake Tobira’), knackered techno chug (‘Imo Hori’), and colourfully ribboning synths (‘Oshiro’) recalling NHK workouts.
“Foodman emerged from Japan’s nascent footwork scene, using the genre as a springboard for an escapist exploration into a dazzling array of sounds. He’s since earned the respect of influential fans including Diplo, Benny Blanco, Cashmere Cat and HOMESHAKE, while Pitchfork, Noisey, FACT and Tiny Mix Tapes have included his releases in various ‘best of the year’ lists since 2016.”