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Boomkat Product Review:
Ex-club producer Mikado Koko looks to Charles Perrault's 17th Century fairytales for inspiration on this bonkers freeform set of gurgling Japanese vocals, disorienting electronics and fractured rhythms.
One for the dedicated fringe explorers, "Maza Gusu" is a charming oddity. Koko took Hakushu Kitahara's 1921 Japanese translation of Perrault's Mother Goose stories - transliterated as "Maza Gusu" - to guide her compositions, and slips into an unsettling, childlike voice as she narrates the tales. If it was vocals alone, we'd probably still have nightmares, but Koko doesn't stop there - she builds completely chaotic electro-acoustic soundscapes that sound like watching vintage kids TV after accidentally ingesting a sheet of acid.
Even the relatively placid opening track 'Maza Gusu Theme' - a minute-long blast of jagged glockenspiel clangs - is faintly terrifying, and that's barely scratching the surface. From there we're dragged into anxious drone 'n IDM mayhem with 'Ten Little Kuronbo', before spiraling into an electronic whirlpool on 'Otsukiyo'. Koko uses our memories and expectations to play with our fears, and she's successful. Just listen to 'Okutsu No Naka Ni', where her menacing words are accompanied by swirling synths, or the ominous, brooding 'Oranges and Lemons'. We're terrified, in the best possible way.