Boomkat Product Review:
Bokeh Versions transmit a stony cold ace from the dub void with Japanese producer, Mars89’s icy extractions of gqom, grime, drill and dancehall in the Lucid Dream EP. To be fair it should probably be called the ‘lucid nightmare’ EP, but if this is their idea of a dream we’re not going to argue.
Hailing from Tokyo’s Chopstick Killahz crew, Mars89 trades in a brusque vernacular of hollow bass hits, needling hi-hats and raw claps embedded in cranky,weather-worn atmospheres, variously nodding to road-ready UK, US and SA styles, whilst making allegorical connections with sparse, minimalist Japanese percussive traditions thanks to a clipped turn of phrase of his own.
Rather than a straight up dancefloor set, the Lucid Dream EP is arranged with an immersive narrative that runs from dense intro to diffused outro via the haunted trap house shudder of Poltergeist thru the bullet-riddled gqom burial, Sensory Deprivation to bring in the Japanese element in a way recalling SP:MC’s Taiko ace rubble by Aaron Dilloway in Shaman’s House.
At the EP’s apex, we find the rude highlight of chest -knocking drums and grunts in Bandersnatch, and again with the warped DX7 bassline and ragga chat of Biological Tides tilting off into a grim, baroque dirge called OOBE.
This is a baaad. Recommended.