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Boomkat Product Review:
Kode9 flips 4 X 8bit and 16bit video game soundtracks in his 80/160bpm hyper cubist footwork style
Long a key part of Kode9’s sound, the influence of Japanese computer game soundtracks has also perfused the history of rave music, so it’s interesting at the least to hear him fuse the source with its echoes.
With Soshi Hosoi’s flighty ‘Mister Diviner (The Mahjong Touhaiden)’ he wields glittering arps up and down a footworking spine, while he salvages fluoro rave licks from Koichi Ishibashi’s ‘Bad Data (Dezaemo)’ and synchs them to rapid, needlepoint 2-step and jungle breaks in pretty much unprecedented style. Yes Koshiro’s ‘Temple (Actraiser)’ is then turned into something like the soundtrack for a Giallo set between South London and Tokyo, and Tadahiro Nitta’s ‘An-Un (Ominous Clouds)(Xak II)’ pushes that vibe farther down carmine stained platforms.