Boomkat Product Review:
This is killer; Hyper crisp and playful animations of footwork, MIDI-funk and ambient music from Japan. RIYL Jameszoo, DJ Paypal, Deerhoof, arcade games
Approximating a stoner-level DDR soundtrack for psilocybic imps one minute, and displaced footwork soul the next, Foodman’s 2nd album for Orange Milk is a delightfully unhinged example of a contemporary, Japanese approach to electronic music.
Ez Minzoku - trans: Easy Ethnic - is a wildly colourful and deliriously detailed concoction of modern musical ideas sourced from across the world and turned into a cartoonishly mad and compelling trip.
Taking off with a possible nod to French-Cameroon’s Francis Bebey filtered via avant-cyber-pop in Beybey (feat. Taiwan Kawabe), Foodman proceeds to cycle thru the cutest sounds in his folders; zig-zagging from what sounds like cod-reggae played by cats in Uoxtu, thru the super-endearing MIDI footwork childsplay of Dddance and the frankly hilarious groans and hollers that punctuate the zippy flutes of Jazz, before hitting a slick sort of Enki-boogie-footwork recalling Kiki Hitomi gone fwd with the lush Mid Summer Night feat. Diskomargaux, and the pitch-slipping chromatic glyde of Yami Nabi.
There’s little doubt that this is irreverent, dead daft stuff, but it would take a fool to dismiss it as such; there’s clearly a really crafty, disciplined mind at work here.