Boomkat Product Review:
Cult Japanese producer Hoshina Anniversary explores longform lines of thought in two contrasting sides of pendulous rhythms and cinematic noir for NYC’s patience
In pursuit of titles by Leo James, C V Vision, and Johanna Knutson on the label, ‘Hyakunin Isshu’ sees Tokyo’s Hoshina Anniversary follow his nose for subtly lounging rhythmic permutations and more spacious aural architecture. Leading on from their works with Alien Jams, Youth and ESP Institute, the two works skilfully combine common themes of his previous releases, with ‘Karakurenaini’ knitting gyrating arps and splashes of acid to shimmering, jazzy percussion in a breezy lilt tilted toward dusk and the darker hours, recalling everyone from Move D to Shinichi Atobe in the seamless, playthru process. On ‘Kirigirisu’ he replaces that taut, lissom dance energy with acres of space around stray bleep patterns and sci-fi flick synth tones that appear to melt and become more viscous as the track progresses.